Affordable Recreation for Lower-Income Families
Strong communities develop strong kids and families. At the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, we believe every child should have the chance to participate.
Through Simcoe County’s Social and Community Investment Fund, the Health STAR program receives 100% municipal funding to deliver sport and recreation opportunities for low-income families. In addition to YMCA memberships and camps, children and youth have access to a range of activities, including, dance, soccer, hockey, skating, cheerleading, gymnastics and swimming to name a few. Aside from exposure to healthy lifestyles habits, children have the opportunity to develop in character and improve self esteem, build transferable skills as well as engage and be supported by their larger community.
Leadership and role modeling by way of volunteers, coaches, instructors, camp counselors and support staff, provide an invaluable contribution to potentially increase protective factors generated through sport that can impact a lifetime. Working in collaboration with community partners, Health STAR aims to build brighter futures for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate.
If you are interested in Health STAR funding please complete the Health STAR Application.
Frequently Asked Questions
What can my child play?
In addition to YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka health, fitness & aquatics memberships and camp programs, participants have access to a range of activities outside of the YMCA, including, dance, soccer, hockey, skating, cheerleading, gymnastics and swimming to name a few.
Where can I apply for the funds?
Funding applications can be found on the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka website for the Health STAR or Jump Start program here or by email or at any of our YMCA Membership Service desks.
Where do I register my child?
Once you are approved for funding, your family may then complete registration forms with the registrar of the organization your child will be participating with.
Who will pay for my child to play?
Your funded portion will be paid direct to the sport organization offering the activity. Any balances owed should be paid by your family at the time you complete your registration with the organization.
Why should my child play?
Aside from exposure to healthy lifestyle habits, children have the opportunity to develop in character and improve self-esteem, build transferable skills as well as engage and be supported by their larger community.