Founders Memorial After School Specialty Classes

Please take a look at these engaging afterschool opportunities. Your child does not need to be enrolled in the Y’s afterschool program to enroll in these activities.

Reach out to Melissa Werle, Youth Development Coordinator, 652-8150 if you would like to learn about potential financial assistance.

Please pack a healthy snack for your child that is attending an afterschool enrichment.


The adventure keeps going and so does the curiosity for the natural world!  This session, students will explore the woods around Founders, search for animal tracks, and participate in outdoor-focused activities.  This class strives to be outside no matter the weather, so bring your warm clothing and get ready for fun!

When: Tuesdays, March 24th – May 5th

Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Where: Learning Lab C107

Cost: $80, $40 for Y Kids




Are you curious about learning another language? Come learn German from a native speaker!  This engaging class will teach students basic German skills through fun conversation and cultural activities.

When: Mondays, March 25th – May 6th

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Where: Learning Lab C107

Cost: $80


Engaging Young  Engineers!

Join us as we  build LEGO brick machines using axles, gears, battery packs and motors.  Each week a LetGoYourMind instructor will guide the students as they create their builds and discuss key mechanical engineering concepts. After learning the engineering concepts and building the machines, students are encouraged to modify their LEGO brick creation any way they would like! Get ready to catapult min figs, build and race a car, and much more!

When: Tuesdays March 26th – April 30th

Time: 3:00-3:45 pm

Where: Learning Lab C107

Cost: $89


For over 50 years, Villari’s Self Defense & Wellness Center has taught the art of Shaolin Kempo Karate. Students will learn sportsmanship, confidence, improve hand-eye coordination, and learn life safety skills while obtaining the best physical workout you can get!  Students are taught to want to do their best at home, in school, have self-respect, and respect for others as they become stronger and smarter.

All students that train in one of our remote locations provided by the YMCA are welcome to attend up to two extra classes a month at our main studio or one of our other satellite locations near you in Cambridge, Richmond, Charlotte, or Ferrisburgh!

When: Fridays, March 27th – May 8th

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Where: Gym

Cost: $90

Cheer Team

Pom-Poms!! Dance!! Great team experience!!  No Stunting!!  Get Strong!!

Hello Spring!!  This session we’ll learn a pom dance and new chants/cheers! We’ll perform at fun events including KIDS DAY and the HUMANE SOCIETY’S 5K WALK/RUN for the ANIMALS, both held at Waterfront Park!  Our team banquet will complete the year. All community building events are family friendly and fun for all!

This exciting program stresses fun, self-awareness and community involvement! What can your body do? How strong can we get? Participants in Cheer Team will learn dance, poise, arm motions, jumps, chants, cheers and some basic mat skills. Learn or perfect moves such as leaps, cartwheels/roundoffs, and work on flexibility! You will also learn teamwork, play games, and form groups to develop awesome 8-counts!  Practice is weekly.  All moves are appropriate and sharp looking, yet easy to learn.

Outreach to others is an important part of our work, and we often perform for seniors and charity events.  Do you have an idea for an event? Let us know!!

Uniforms/bodysuits can be purchased if desired for about $50 for the skirt, shell and bow. Bodysuit is about $16. All kids will need black shirts/shorts/leggings,white socks/sneakers.  There are also package deals that include everything for a reasonable price.

Want to try it out?  Set up a visit!

When: March 26th – May 28th

Time: 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Ages: 5-11.  Open to children in surrounding towns!

Where: The gym at Founder’s Memorial School in Essex

Cost: $110

Questions: Contact instructor Ila at (802) 233-6862

Pop-poms are available for use during the games and events for those that need them.  Price of class includes ALL events!


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties