For Everyone


Bright Beginnings

Help a child shine bright this school year

Every child deserves to feel confident on the first day of school. Many kids in our community don’t have the proper clothes or school supplies – but you can help. YMCA Bright Beginnings takes children in need back to school shopping with community volunteers. We provide a gift card for volunteers to shop for clothes with a child one-on-one.

Many of us remember picking out a brand new backpack, outfit and purchasing supplies to get ready for the first day of school each year. Parents struggling to make ends meet cannot provide that experience, but we can still help children start the school year ready for success and make back to school special.

Across Northwest North Carolina, the Y has been working for years with the staff at local Elementary schools to identify the students who are most in need. See you in 2020!



Togetherhood: Doing Our Part Together

The Y is so much more than a gym and as part of Social Responsibility we would like to invite you to be a part of it. Together we can lend a helping hand to someone in need making our community a better place for all. Join other like-minded members in volunteering in the community. Examples projects may include: Habitat for Humanity Build, Ronald McDonald cook night, coaching a Y sport, or tutoring. Visit our Togetherhood website or contact Erin Johnson at for details.


For Parents

Parents Time Out

Parents Time Out is a great time for you to have some time to run errands or meet with friends while your child(ren) have a fun time at the YMCA. For Members only! Sign up today at the Membership Desk!


Session A: 8:30-11:30am
Session B: 9:00am-12:00pm

Evening/Saturday options
Monday-Thursday 4:15-7:15pm
Saturday 8:30-11:30am


6 weeks through 12 years old. For children 8 through 12, this program is only available during Youth Wellness Center hours.

Daily Fee

$12 per child, $5 per additional child. YMCA members only. Payments: Due at or before time of service. Child must be registered by 9am on day of service. Late return fees may apply.

Registration is required-information is availabe at the Welcome Center.

Parents Night Out

Are you looking for a fun place to leave your children while you spend an evening out? The William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA has the perfect option for you. On certain Fridays of every month you can drop your kids off at the YMCA from 5:00-9:00 pm. Sign up today at the Membership Desk! Our K-5 kids will start the evening with a swim, so don’t forget your bathing suit!

Each child gets 2 slices of pizza and a drink. (Extra slice of pizza is $1.50/slice.)


6 weeks old – 5th grade

Upcoming Dates and Times




Members: $15 for 1 child / Members pay only $10 for each additional when you sign up by the Thursday before Parents’ Night Out
Potential Members: $20 for each child


336 721 2100

Family Literacy

The YMCA Literacy Initiative offers El Nido (“The Nest”), which is a family literacy program that takes place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 pm at The Ledges Apartments Children’s Center on Anson Street in Winston-Salem (near the intersection of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street). El Nido provides book-based activities for children while their parents participate in ESL classes. Volunteers are welcome to help with activities for children or with ESL classes for their parents.

Contact Information

Ellen Gallimore at 336.727.9850 or

Adventure Guides

The YMCA has a long history of bringing parents and children together for life enriching experiences. This history has left a legacy of strengthened relationships and close bonds in many families and communities around the country. The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina has been a part of the Y-Indian Guide/Adventure Guides program for more than 30 years. Adventure Guides currently serves 20 tribes with over 400 participants in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Yadkin, and Wilkes Counties. Collectively, these tribes form the Adventure Guides Saura Nation.

The Adventure Guides Program aims to strengthen the bond between fathers and their children through activities that allow them to spend quality time together. Based on strong traditions of the Native American Culture including dignity, patience, endurance, spirituality, concern for the Earth and family values, these programs are tools that will help build memories that will last a lifetime.

Through Adventure Guides, the YMCA provides the following benefits to father and child:

  • Foster companionship and understanding and set a foundation for positive, lifelong relationships between father and child
  • Build a sense of self-esteem and personal worth
  • Expand awareness of body, mind, and spirit
  • Provide a framework to meet a mutual need of spending enjoyable, constructive, and quality time together
  • Enhance the quality of family time
  • Emphasize the vital role parents play in the growth and development of their children
  • Offer an important and unique opportunity to develop & enjoy volunteer leadership skills
  • Opportunity to meet other families with children the same age

Learn more about Adventure Guides »

For further information, please contact Amelia Johnson at 336.983.3131 or email at


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