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April 27, 2022

YMCA OF MEWSA Receives Grant to Increase Availability of Water Safety and Swim Lessons in Underserved Communities

Metuchen/Edison/South Amboy/Piscataway 04.25.2022 – As part of the Y’s commitment to reduce drowning rates and keep kids safe in and around the water, the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy, and now Piscataway, will provide scholarships for swim instruction and water safety to children from underserved communities in their service areas and surrounding communities and youth with disabilities.  These swim lessons are made possible through a $6,500 grant received from Y-USA and will cover the cost for 100 children to receive life-saving swim lessons at YMCA branches in Metuchen, Edison, South Amboy and Piscataway.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children ages one to 14 years old. “Educating children how to be safe around water is just as important as teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street,” said Rose Cushing, President & CEO of the YMCA of MEWSA.  “The Y’s teach children of all ages and backgrounds that water should be fun, not feared, and this practice not only saves lives, it builds confidence.”

The Y has been a leader in providing swim lessons and water safety for almost 100 years.  The YMCA of MEWSA continues to help youth and adults experience the joy and benefits of swimming so they can be healthy, confident and secure in the water. There are a variety of programs to choose from including family swim time, competitive swimming and special needs swimming.

In addition to learning lifesaving water safety skills, children can increase their physical activity by swimming. Swimming also motivates children to strive for self-improvement, teaches goal orientation and cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem. It also teaches life lessons and appreciation of sport, so that children can learn how to work well with teammates and coaches as well as providing tools that encourage sportsmanship and potential hurdles around winning and losing.

To learn how to qualify for financial assistance, please contact your local YMCA in Metuchen, Edison, South Amboy and Piscataway or visit