4/30: Everything You Want To Know About Autism

Everything You Want To Know About Autism

Our YMCA is a place that helps connect resources to the community.

Meet Autism Educator Heidi Buckley on April 30, 2019 at 6:30PM and learn more about Autism from diagnosis to adulthood.

Register now for this FREE Community Event.

Get connected with the Autism Caring Center!
(412) 915-4492 or (412) 235-8929

Five Below® Fundraiser!

You’re Invited to a Fundraising Shopping Event!

It’s simple! 10% of the purchases made by members of your group will be donated back to your organization. All we ask is that this flyer is presented to our cashier at the time of purchase.

Date: April 6th-19th
Time: 10:00AM-9:00PM Monday-Saturday, 10:00AM-7:00PM Sunday
Where: Five Below in Cranberry Township (724-742-1660)

Healthy Kids Day


HEALTHY KIDS DAY: Passport to Health

Saturday, April 27  11:00AM-2:00PM

The Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day: Passport to Health, a YMCA national initiative to improve the health and well-being of kids.

 Many local business and resources will be celebrating with us, encouraging youth to continue to grow and be healthy. We will have a dinosaur bounce house and two inflatable obstacle courses! There will also be snacks, pizza, activities, and giveaways for children of all ages!

We have seen an increased need to bring attention to more than being active to help a child grow, because they also need a healthy mind and spirit. Healthy Kids Day at the  YMCA offers fun and creative activities for children and families that promote wellness and healthy living.

Questions? Please contact: Ashley Vranick, Youth & Family Director
avranick@bcfymca.org | 724.452.9122 x217

April Outreach: Autism Caring Center



In April we will be collecting items for the Autism Caring Center:

  • Inexpensive ear buds
  • Gluten free pretzels
  • Gluten free fruit snacks

A gluten free diet is commonly recommended for those on the autism spectrum, and inexpensive ear-buds are offered to individuals who use technology devices.

Contact information for the Autism Caring Center:

(412) 915-4492 or (412) 235-8929

Questions about Living the Cause Community Outreach?

Please contact: Ashley Vranick, Youth & Family Director
724.452.9122 x217 | avranick@bcfymca.org

The Autism Caring Center was founded by two parents who recognized the need for additional support & encouragement for families and individuals with autism. With more than 10 years of experience in autism advocacy and training, the Autism Caring Center staff can offer personal experience and professional skills to the communities that they serve.

The Autism Caring Center provides:

  • Consultations by telephone or in-person to support individuals and families in their need for resources and information
  • Autism training for schools, community groups, and businesses. Training is provided at no charge to non-profit organizations.
  • Monthly support groups for parents and individuals throughout Southwestern PA.
  • Social events for individuals with ASD, their families and friends.
  • Advocacy services including IEP meeting support & court testimony.


Upcoming Youth & Teen Programming

SAT & ACT PREP COURSE (Spring 2019)

We have partnered with Chris Yco of Tricycle Learning Company to offer this SAT & ACT Prep Course. This course is designed to expose each element of the test, including mathematics, writing, critical reading, pressure, and performance. All students will receive: The Official SAT study guide, complete with 10 tests and the Tricycle Learning College Prep Handbook, the one-stop guide for getting Back to Basics filled with helpful info, lesson outlines, and college prep worksheets.

Join us for a parent meeting on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30PM.

Who: Ages 15+ years old
When: Once a week for 6 weeks
Thurs. 6PM-8PM (April 11 – May 16) or Sat. 9AM-11AM (April 13 – May 18)
Cost: Members & Non-Members: $200 | Returning students*: $100
Youth & Government students*: $175 (*Must register through Karen Guise.)
Registration: Open now through the first day of class; register through the Y.
Register Online

Practice Test: May 25th at 8:00AM; Free for current course participants, $10 for non-participants

Questions? Please contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director:
kguise@bcfymca.org | 724.452.9122 x230

Swim Team Stroke Development Clinics

Clinics are based on ability; ages are provided as suggestions. $60 each, members only
Registration is required; open through April 4th.

  • Beginner Starts & Turns: up to 10 years old.
    Tuesdays, 6:00PM-7:00PM; April 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd
  • Advanced Starts & Turns: 11+ years old.
    Tuesdays, 7:00PM-8:00PM; April 2nd, 9th, 16th, & 23rd
  • Beginner Strokes & Endurance: up to 10 years old.
    Thursdays, 6:00PM-7:00PM; April 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th
  • Advanced Strokes & Endurance: 11+ years old.
    Thursdays, 7:00PM-8:00PM; April 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th

Register Online

RESY RIP TIDE 2019 Summer Swim Team

Our competitive youth swim team participates in the Western Pennsylvania YMCA Swim
League (WPYSL). Participants must be able to swim at least 25 yards as well as be a
member of the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA for the duration of the season.

Registration Information for Summer 2019 Season:

  • Registration is open.
  • Parent Informational Meeting Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30PM.
  • Season begins April 29, 2019 and runs through mid July 2019.
  • Season cost: $175

General Information:

  • Practices are Monday-Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30PM; times may vary.
  • Swimmers are expected to attend all meets and championship meet.
  • Meets are generally during the week.

Questions? Please contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director:
kguise@bcfymca.org | 724.452.9122 x230

Get Fit Families


Get Fit Families Youth Triathlon & Running Programs

6-17 years old. Younger ages may be approved through Joella.

Class Times (Schedule emailed each week and posted to Team Snap):

  • Monday through Friday: Practices are 3:15PM-6:00PM. Youth should be prepared to swim, bike and run each day at practice. Items needed for each practice: goggles, swim cap, towel, swim suit, running shoes and running clothes; cycling shoes and cycling clothes are optional.
  • Saturday: Races or training time announced each week, if scheduled. Will be held outdoors as long as possible.
  • Sunday: Will be announced each week. Bike and run workouts will be outside, weather permitting; practices may be moved indoors in the event of inclement weather.

Youth participants will receive:

Weekly group training sessions, bicycle handling skills training, swim stroke development, running development skills, discounts for Get Fit Families races, swim evaluation, and small group swim, bike and run sessions (when available).

Program Sessions
(13+ years old / 12 & under)

  • Fall 2018: 10 wks; Oct. 28, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019 ($340 / $280)
  • Winter 2018: 10 wks; Jan. 6, 2019 – Mar. 9, 2019 ($340 / $280)
  • Spring 2019: 11 wks; Mar. 10, 2019 – May 25, 2019 ($370 / $305)

Program Packages
(13+ years old / 12 & under)

  • Any 2 sessions: 20 or 21 wks  ($660 / $545)
  • All 3 Sessions: 31 wks ($975 / $800)
    Payment plans are available. Contact Karen Guise, Senior Program Director at kguise@bcfymca.org, for more information.

Register early; Program size is limited!

Contact information:
Program: Joella Baker, USAT Triathlon Coach
joella@zoominternet.net | 724-321-4265

YMCA: Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director
khensler@bcfymca.org | 724-452-9122 x226

Upcoming events for training:

  • December 9: Reindeer Race
  • December 31: The Silvester 5K Race and 1 Mile Fun Run
  • March 2019: YMCA Indoor Tri and the Sarasota CAMTRI


Free to Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA Members & Get Fit Families Athletes

Get Fit Families Weekly Triathlon Brick Workout

Fall II (8 weeks; Oct. 31—Dec. 19, 2018): Wednesdays, 6:05PM-7:45PM

60 minute bike session and 40 minute run session. Each week will be a different workout. Athletes will learn the importance of a brick workout, how different workouts make you stronger and faster and better prepared for your next triathlon. Saturday and Sunday outdoor bricks while the weather permits. Do your first or 50th triathlon with us.

Dawn Crackers Running Club

Fall II (8 weeks; Oct. 30—Dec. 20, 2018): One hour, Tuesday & Thursday, weekly

Tues. & Thurs. 5:30AM: North Boundary Park (meet by the soccer fields).
-Every 3rd Tuesday: Sheetz hill (meet at the YMCA).
Tues. & Thurs. 9:00AM: YMCA (meet in the lobby). If the weather is bad, we will move inside at the YMCA.

NEW Exercise Class for Cancer Patients & Survivors!


We are excited to announce that we are partnering with The Cancer Caring Center to offer Fit to Fight, an exercise class specifically geared towards cancer patients before, during, and after treatment and/or surgeries.

Starting September 5th, Fit to Fight will be offered here every Wednesday from 7:30-8:30pm, led by Kathy Hensler.

Registration is required through the Cancer Caring Center by calling 412-622-1212. Registration is not available through the YMCA.

Questions? Please contact Kathy Hensler, Healthy Living Director:
724.452.9122 x226 or khensler@bcfymca.org

Senior Project Request Form now available online!

Our Senior project request form is now available online at: http://rose.bcfymca.org/senior-project-request-form/

Please keep in mind:

  • Each senior project request will be evaluated by a YMCA program director. Based on YMCA policies and project description the program director may or may not choose to accept the project. If a project is accepted or more information is needed the student will be contacted at that time.
  • The YMCA will only choose projects that meet the mission and purpose of the Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA.
  • Student projects wishing to solely rent space in the building will not be allowed without a Certificate of Liability.
  • Senior Project Fundraisers or Projects that charge an admission fee will not be considered.