From The Director

A Season of Change

It might seem unusual to call early August a “season of change,” but at the Y, it’s the month when youth programs and pools shift from summer break to the school year schedule. This year, it’s also a time of branch changes, new staff and more.

We have one full week left of our summer day camp program in both counties. The last day of camp will be Friday, Aug. 9. Our staff teams, led by Child Care Directors Kelly Nared (Pullum) and Angela Stephens (Northeast) will do a quick change over the weekend so that before-school and afterschool programs begin on Monday, Aug. 12, the first day of school in both counties.

For our Northeast program, the change is magnified by our recent land exchange with the City of Pensacola. With that agreement, the city will be taking over our current building and property on Langley Avenue, and we will be holding our afterschool program at the Vickrey Center on Summit Boulevard. We will continue serving the same schools (NB Cook, Cordova Park, Scenic Heights and AK Suter) and providing transportation from those schools to Vickrey. Program costs remain the same.

Learn more and register for before-school or afterschool in either county.

With the beginning of school, the schedule for our outdoor pools changes, too.

  • After the Aug. 10-11 weekend, the Hunter Pool will be open on weekends only.
  • After the Aug. 10-11 weekend, the Roger Scott pool will be open on weekends and evenings only during the week.
  • The Northeast pool will close Aug. 10.
  • The Pullum pool will remain open on the same schedule as long as regular usage continues. That schedule will be modified as usage drops.
  • The Bear Levin Studer pool schedule will continue as usual.

We also welcome some new faces to the leadership team at the Bear Levin Studer Y. Lauren Keppel is our new KidZone Coordinator. Lauren just moved here from South Carolina, where she worked in the child watch area of another Y. Fleuryne MaGaheeis our new Membership Director. She has a background in social work and has experience with the Social Security Administration and frontline customer service roles. Her first day will be Aug. 19. We welcome both of these staff to our team.

It has also been a time of continued change in the downtown Pensacola area. We have seen several new restaurants and shops open in the immediate area of the Y. This is a great time to explore the new businesses opening right in our neighborhood.Finally, we encourage all members to pay close attention to parking regulations as foot traffic and vehicle traffic in this area increases. Please respect the private lots of our neighbors, especially Clark Partington and Edward Jones.

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