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Afterschool with the Richmond YMCA

The Richmond Y is a strong leader in Youth Development, offering programming at Argonne and Lafayette Elementary. We understand the importance of helping children realize their potential. At the YMCA Afterschool program, we are intentional about fostering Achievement, Relationships and Belonging. We incorporate a holistic approach to develop youth academically and emotionally. Youth have fun while engaging in enriching experiences that help them to build skills, develop strong friendships, and feel like they are part of something great.

Our staff are trained in CPR/First Aid, Child Abuse Prevention, and a series of Youth Development Modules. They meet weekly to plan programs that are creative and engaging with age appropriate learning objectives. Our ratio is 1:14 and all of our teachers are required to have at least 6 college units of Early Childhood Education. We  want to empower students to be leaders in their community. Our number one priority is to ensure that they have a safe place to do that. We never want money to be a barrier to development, we offer scholarships for all of our program offerings. 



If you have any questions please contact Maria Santos at msantos@ymcasf.org

Argonne Elementary K-5th Grade

The Argonne YMCA program now serves K-5th grade. Each grade level has enrichment offerings that reflect the school day learning and support their overall interest. 

Argonne Elementary

Site Coordinator: Alex Zussman (License #384000352)

680 18th Ave Argonne Afterschool  Hours: M–F, 2:00pm-6:00pm 

415-831-4093 • Azussman@ymcasf.org

Download Registration Packet 2018-2019 School Year (Summer Session in packet) 

Lafayette Elementary K-5th Grade

The Lafayette YMCA program works to ensure all youth feel welcome. The afterschool program connects youth to their community and focuses on healthy living and social responsibility. 

Lafayette Elementary

Site Coordinator: Cesar Sanchez (License #380504578)

4545 Anza Street Lafayette Afterschool  Hours: M–F,1:00pm-6:00pm

415-752-0790 • csanchez@ymcasf.org

Download Registration Packet 2018-2019 Packet will be available May 14th 2018

Enrichment Classes at Argonne Elementary

Fall 2018 Enrichment classes start the week of September 10th and go until November 16th. We have a list of amazing enrichment classes for our Argonne families this Fall session. Below is a list of the enrichment classes and their descriptions.

K-2nd Grade Enrichments:

Academic Chess: Learn chess in a fun, engaging, and dynamic environment. Our philosophy is to instill the love of the game.  As a result, we're able to witness firsthand our students developing patience, strategic planning ability, and critical thinking skills. Class caters to all levels and all participants receive our exclusive workbooks.

Parkour Acrosports: AcroSports’ energetic class introduces parkour to students with a focus on coordination, flexibility and strength. AcroSports’ parkour classes are designed to encourage students develop spatial awareness, balance and gross motor skills. Classes are delivered by experienced coaches using a range of USA Gymnastics approved equipment including panel mats, incline mat, trapezoid mats, plyometric boxes and skill blocks.

Young Rembrandts Art:  Our bountiful selection of drawings introduces our students to a fascinating world of color, pattern, and design. Keeping with the season, our students will create fall-themed illustrations like taffy apples and a farmer’s scarecrow. Stylized art styles will be explored through our tarantula line art and Van Gogh-inspired drawing featuring vibrant sunflowers.

Play-Well:  Ratchet up your imagination with tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Build engineer-designed projects such as Motorcycles, Castles, Airplanes, and Monorails. Then use special pieces to create your own unique design! New and returning students can explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.

ANTS Sports: This class promotes the exploration, learning, progression and advancement of skills in Tennis. ANTS takes pride in putting the FUN in FUNdamentals, so participants can have a foundation to continually progress on and with. The network of coaches on the ANTS Spots Nation platform all believe in sports and the positive impact they can have in one's life.

3rd-5th Grade Enrichments:

Broadway Music and Dance: Broadway Music and Dance: Along with one of Bay Area Children's Theatre's teaching artists, students will write, rehearse, and perform their own original theatre production. Using 2-4 songs from popular Broadway musicals, the class will write their own story to connect the songs in a narrative using concepts such as setting, plot, character, climax, and resolution. Students will develop basic theatre skills including staging, blocking, choreography, and tableau. Ultimately, the class will combine all of these skills to perform their short musical for other students and families.

Y Makers: YMakers is a STEAM-intensive youth development program. We put tools in the hands of youth and ideas in their heads. At each YMakers workshop, kids and adults get hands-on experience with basic woodworking and crafting tools while they build and make whatever they can dream up! 

Sunshine Art Club: This club offers project based, hands-on visual art instruction. Small class size allows for projects to be tailored to the group and individual interests. We will explore a large variety of art media learning the basics and much more.

Wee Scotty Sewing: Create characters in pillows form - we will design the character first then their outfits for each.  This is a creative class in design fashion and character development.   As we are designing and creating, we will be planning a story involving main characters for a end of session performance.


Alexandra Zussman

Alex has grown up in the YMCA and is thrilled to now be a part of the Richmond District Y. She is excited to continue to create an amazing community for our youth.