YWCA BERGEN COUNTY PARTNERS WITH THE NATIONAL INCLUSION PROJECT

Posted: Thursday, February 04, 2016

YWCA BERGEN COUNTY PARTNERS WITH THE NATIONAL INCLUSION PROJECT TO CREATE MORE INCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Hackensack, NJ - The National Inclusion Project has partnered with YWCA Bergen County to create an inclusive environment where children with and without disabilities can play, learn and laugh TOGETHER. As part of the partnership, the National Inclusion Project provides the Let’s ALL Play program model, training, expertise, annual Power of Play Conference and a wide network of inclusion experts ready to problem solve and share best practices on ensuring that no child sits on the sidelines.

YWCA Bergen County is one of just 12 new organizations that the National Inclusion Project has chosen to partner with this year. “We are excited to work with YWCA Bergen County to provide more inclusive opportunities for the children of this community,” says Nick Leisey, National Inclusion Project Executive Director.
YWCA Bergen County is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. Among the organization’s mission-driven program priorities is to create open and inclusive opportunities for all in our communities to learn, grow, get fit and healthy and succeed.
Research shows overwhelming evidence that the Let’s ALL Play model helps children with disabilities improve self-esteem, social skills and confidence, while those without disabilities improved their leadership, problem solving and empathy skills. The model makes it possible for all children to come together, and participate in recreational activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, community service, physical fitness and more. More importantly, it allows children with and without disabilities to create friendships that may have not been possible in other parts of their lives.
“We are thrilled to partner with the National Inclusion Project to expand and enhance our programs for children of all abilities through the Let’s ALL Play, project,” said YWCA Bergen County CEO Helen Archontou. “This collaboration is a “game changer” for us. Through this partnership our staff will receive excellent inclusivity training and we will be able to offer specially designated scholarships to children with special needs.”
About the National Inclusion Project: The National Inclusion Project was co-founded in 2003 by entertainer Clay Aiken and serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. By driving the movement for social inclusion in after school programs, summer camps, and community based activities, children of all abilities learn, play and laugh together. Over the last twelve years, the Project has provided training, curriculum, and support to YMCAs, JCCs, Boys & Girls Clubs, 4H, CampFire USA, Kids Museums, Zoos and other community organizations looking to become inclusive or enhance their inclusive programs. For more information on the National Inclusion Project and to help ensure no child sits on the sidelines, visit their website at www.inclusionproject.org.