The YWCA aquatics program offers the only regulation size fully accessible public pool in the Lewiston-Auburn area. We provide a diverse array of classes, teams, open swims, and therapeutic and culturally appropriate swim opportunities. Our swim instructors teach children and adults, alike and offer resources to help swimmers at all levels to grow and develop their skills. Our dedicated pool staff work to meet the needs and prioritize the safety of all swimmers. The YWCA aquatics department partners with many community organizations to support affordable summer swim time for youth in the Lewiston-Auburn community. From parties, to swim meets, to rehabilitation and wellness, the YWCA pool is more than aquatics, it is a community center.
The YWCA offers enrichment classes and programming for youth and adults throughout the year. Classes vary widely and include diverse subject matter. Class offerings are always developing to meet the needs and interests of our members and the larger community. Recent and ongoing courses have included: karate, art and craft classes, babysitting, First Aid and CPR, Zumba and aerobic fitness, line dancing, and more. YWCA enrichment classes are an excellent opportunity to get active, pursue your talents, or meet new friends and neighbors. Check back frequently for new programs and offerings!
YWCA childcare offers quality, affordable childcare for children 2 ½-12 years of age, including an all-day preschool and pre-kindergarten and afterschool programming and vacation care for school age children. The afterschool program includes swim time in the YWCA pool every Friday to support children’s development of swimming skills and enjoyment of the water. Preschool children take part in two weekly swims, including one day of lessons and one day of unstructured play time in the pool. YWCA childcare programming provides an affirming and supportive atmosphere for children to learn, play, and develop meaningful friendships. Our preschool and school age teachers create programming that instills appreciation of diversity and recognizes the importance of children’s unique needs and talents.
The YWCA childcare program accepts State of Maine subsidy vouchers and scholarships are available for summer camp.
The YWCA seeks to end all forms of oppression and discrimination in our community through education, advocacy, and direct action. Our advocacy work is inspired by the elegance and urgency of our mission, to eliminate racism and empower women. The YWCA advocates for racial and gender equity through events and programming, as well as, employing our voice as a community institution to champion social justice causes. The YWCA offers several signature events and ongoing programming that emphasize community building through youth empowerment, prioritizing the voices of women and girls of color, and supporting inter-cultural exchange and solidarity.