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. Each year, the Y works with the staff at local Elementary Schools to identify the students who are most in need.

Multiple branches run this program in August every year: Alexander County Family YMCA, Fulton Family YMCA, Jerry Long Family YMCA, Kernersville Family YMCA, Robinhood Road Family YMCA, Statesville Family YMCA, Stokes Family YMCA, Wilkes Family YMCA, William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, Yadkin Family YMCA