New York YMCA program and event records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The New York City YMCA Program and Event Records contain reports, funding proposals, statistics, correspondence and operational documents related to the PACE, GAIN, TRY and CHOICE programs, primarily from the 1970s and 1980s. The collection also includes materials about YWCA-YMCA daycare and the program Y-PEP, which allowed the Y to train staff as child care workers, among other training possibilities. It also includes materials on ELESAIR, a program for immigrants, as well as records related to other youth training programs.
Pre-WWI materials in the collection focus on boys work, international work and student work. There is significant information about the Vocational Service Center and its successor, the Counseling and Testing Service, which provided oversight and operational support for the publicly-funded job training and counseling programs such as CHOICE and TRY. The collection also includes materials related to the frequent banquets and award ceremonies held by the New York City YMCA.
- YMCA of Greater New York. (Organization)
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HISTORY OF NEW YORK YMCA PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
The YMCA in New York began to provide scheduled and organized programing shortly after it was founded in 1852. In the early 20th century, lecture series, prayer meetings, book talks and afternoon teas gave way to educational programs that taught English, citizenship, auto repair, foreign languages and a host of other topics. As athletics became an increasingly important aspect of the YMCA in New York City, programs developed that taught and strengthened specific athletic skills in individual and team sports. Camping, daycare and career assistance became staples of YMCA programing efforts. Over the years, the Y in New York City has provided programming in almost every area and subject imaginable.
The Y targeted many of its programs toward certain populations. Y programs were directed toward immigrants, railroad workers, soldiers and veterans, working boys, sailors, college students and different population groups, especially Spanish speakers, Koreans, African Americans and Chinese people.
In the 1960s and 1970s, YMCA leadership decided to take action against what it saw as the decline of New York City reflected in the riots, drug abuse and crime that seemed to characterize those decades. The YMCA became a provider of publicly-funded programming directed at disaffected youth and marginalized communities. Job training, life skills, GED classes and other programs were targeted toward disadvantaged young people, recently released prisononers, high school dropouts and adults without marketable skills. The Vocational Service Center and later the Counseling and Testing Service were central to these efforts.
Almost from its beginnings, the Y celebrated milestones and anniversaries with award banquets and other events, honoring staff and volumteers as well as building community. This tradition continues, as does the association's effort to provide a wide range of programing for the residents of New York City.
67.8 Cubic Feet (122 boxes )
Language of Materials
The collection includes extensive files on education, job and other training programs operated by the YMCA of Greater New York in the 1960s through 1980s in conjunction with public and private agencies. It also includes materials on athletics, events, international programs, boys and youth work and other aspects of programing at the YMCA of Greater New York from the 1880s into the 21st century.
Catalog Record ID number: 9974795797101701
- Day care -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Urban youth -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Vocational education -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA of Greater New York.
- YMCA of Greater New York. Vocational Service Center.
- YMCA-YWCA Daycare, Inc.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK PROGRAM AND EVENT RECORDS
- An Inventory
- Louise Merriam
- November 2016
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