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We have some exciting news!! We are happy to announce that starting on Monday, May 23rd Registration for our Middle School After School program is now open. Check out this video to learn a little more about what this program has to offer! Don't forget we are offering two awesome summer camps in the month of June through this program. You can head over to our website to sign up for these camps!

On Tuesday, May 17th we will be holding a Virtual Middle School After School Parent Interest meeting at 6:30 pm. We invite rising 6th,7th, and 8th-grade parents to join us to learn more about our Middle School After School program. This meeting is completely virtual and you will be able to join through the following link:

Click here to join our virtual parent interest meeting 

If you are unable to join us on Tuesday, May 17th, our interest meeting will be recorded and you will be able to watch it at a later time! We will provide a link to the recording following the meeting. 

Click here to watch a recording of the Interest meeting. 

Registration for this program opens on May 23rd and the MSAS program will start in September 2022.
For any further questions please contact Edwina Lucas at


Thursday, Sep 30, 2021A host of community partners gathered at the Wilson Agriculture Agency to learn more about the YMCA Middle School After School Initiative and the possibility of serving as a program provider. The YMCA MSAS Executive Director, Edwina Lucas, shared details about how the Middle After School Program could impact the lives of the youth of Wilson and specifics about the program model and timeline. The plan is to begin securing program providers to facilitate programs to be offered to middle school students when the program opens in September 2022.
Thursday, Aug 12, 2021: Wilson Times wrote an article announcing the hiring of Edwina Lucas as the Executive Director of the YMCA Middle After School Program. Details were also shared about her focus and work on outreach to build a network of community program providers who will offer enrichment opportunities to the middle school youth of Wilson.


The exciting, new opportunity for local middle school students is underway and actively engaging these youth the second Tuesday of each month! Balfour Beatty, in joint venture with Holt Brothers, has partnered with the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson and the Wilson Family YMCA to offer this Construction Academy after school program for middle school students.

The Middle School After School (MSAS) Construction Academy program consists of an 18-month curriculum for middle school students that explores the construction industry alongside Balfour Beatty and Holt Brothers team members. Students have the opportunity to learn from industry-leading experts about careers in construction and career readiness, resume writing and interview skills, and the importance of teamwork and community engagement. Students also learn about construction operations, innovation and technology through building their own mock construction projects, flying drones, playing engineering games, participating in virtual and in-person job walks and more.


Wednesday, October 9, 2019: Architects Anne Lebo from Little and Tim Carr from YMCA met with Wilson Middle Schoolers to provide the opportunity to design the new full facility YMCA with a dynamic after school space. Darden and Elm City 6th-8th graders learned valuable collaboration skills from the architects as they worked in teams. This expanded learning opportunity incorporated math standards, career exploration, and social-emotional learning.


Click here for the link to the video

Sunday, September 15, 2019: The Wilson Times wrote an article announcing the hiring of a leader for middle school enrichment initiative, Brian Randall; as well as, discussing the progress that has been made during the design process, the focus areas the programming is working to address in the community, and the importance of community partnership. 


A wide range of input was gathered, especially from parents. We started the design process with community partners and Elm City and Darden students, but all middle schools and elementary schools will participate in the design process in the near future.

Click here for the link to the video



In partnership with the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson and The Wilson Family YMCA, an Afterschool Guide was created reporting a summary of research, best practices, and analysis of community data.

Click here for the link to the Afterschool Guide



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