Y On The Fly

Y ON THE FLY

Bringing the Y to Everyone

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh is excited to take the Y to the streets. Since its launch in 2016, Y on the Fly has been serving as a mobile YMCA that brings pop-up summer camp activities, learning and fun to children in under-served neighborhoods. Throughout summer 2020, the Y on the Fly van will visit two locations a day for 36 weeks before expanding to two vans in the fall for the launch of year-round programming.

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Through partnerships with community organizations, the vans will pop up at a wide range of spaces from libraries to feeding centers, with special attention to areas that have limited options for safe recreation. Vans are filled with parachutes, kick balls and more so counselors can facilitate 60 minutes full of fun activities. Children also receive a 30-minute healthy snack instruction so they can be equipped to make healthier decisions all year long and walk away with a tasty, fueling treat.

Beginning in 2019 is the addition of Hope For All programming to the Y on the Fly stops. While children are taking part in healthy living programming, parents and guardians can learn about the services provided by Hope For All, such as free income tax preparation, assistance with benefits applications and access to the Homewood-Brushton YMCA food pantry.

“The YMCA believes that all children deserve access to resources that help them grow stronger and healthier no matter where they’re located,” said Kevin Bolding, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh. “The Y is committed to the entire Greater Pittsburgh community which is why we are working to deliver resources to all of our neighbors, including those beyond the physical walls of the Y. With two “Y on the Fly” vans, we’ll be able to expand our reach by bringing programming to more than 500 locations in 2019.”

The program, which is free and open to kids of all ages, is a continuation of the Y’s effort to fill gaps in communities where there is not a physical YMCA building. The organization is heavily invested in partnering with organizations and officials to identify and service needs in neighborhoods across the city for a stronger, healthier Pittsburgh.

Follow Y on the Fly on Instagram to find dates and locations in your neighborhood.

Interested in having Y On The Fly at your location?

Contact our Program Director
Miles Porter
412 498 9729 | mporter@ymcapgh.org

 

Please note: sites followed by an * in the schedule below are open to the public.

COMING TO YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS

Location Date Time Address
Mt. Ararat July 1st 10am-12pm 745 N Negley Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206 
Paulson Playground July 1st 2pm-4pm Paulson Street Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Mellon Spray Park* July 3rd 10am-2pm 6601 Fifth Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Little Lambs July 6th 10am-12pm 1705 Maple St #203, Homestead, PA 15120
Mt. Ararat July 6th 2pm-3pm 745 N Negley Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206 
Future Focus Childcare July 8th 10am-12pm 100 Mulberry Street Pittsburgh, PA 15235
Andrew Bayne Memorial July 8th 2pm-4pm 34 N Balph Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Hill House Learning Loft July 10th 10am-12pm 1835 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Homewood Summer Camp July 10th 2pm-4pm 7140 Bennett Street Pittsburgh, Pa 15208
YWCA Homewood July 13th 10am-12pm 6907 Frankstown Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Allegheny Y Summer Camp July 13th 2pm-4pm 600 West North ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Beechview Spray Park* July 15th 10am-2pm Orangewood Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Mt Ararat July 17th 10am-12pm 745 N Negley Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206 
Homewood* July 17th 2pm-4pm 7140 Bennett Street Pittsburgh, Pa 15208
Little Lambs July 20th 10am-12pm 1705 Maple St #203, Homestead, PA 15120
Mt. Ararat July 20th 2pm-4pm 745 N Negley Avenue Pittsburgh PA 15206 
Burgwin Spray Park* July 22nd 10am-2pm 328 Mansion St. Pittsburgh, PA 15207
Hill House Learning Loft July 24th 10am-12pm 1835 Centre Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Homewood Summer Camp July 24th 2pm-4pm 7140 Bennett Street Pittsburgh, Pa 15208
YWCA Homewood July 27th 10am-12pm 6907 Frankstown Ave Pittsburgh, PA 15208
Andrew Bayne Memorial July 27th 1pm-3pm 34 N Balph Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Troy Hill Spray Park* July 29th 10am-2pm 1200 Goettman St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Arlington Spray Park* July 31st 10am-2pm 1523 Fernleaf St, Pittsburgh, PA 15210
Y On The Fly