Please note: YMCA Beyond the Bell will end for the school year on June 11.

YMCA Beyond the Bell TM

YMCA Beyond the Bell TM is an academic-based after school program that keeps the well-being of every child in mind. It combines recreation, academic assistance, nutritional snacks, and socialization activities all aimed at building confidence, developing social skills, promoting physical activity and enhancing academic achievement.

YMCA Beyond the Bell TM is currently offered for students at Lincoln Centennial Public School in St. Catharines. It is designed for students in grades 2 to 4 who receive teacher or school administrator referral to the program.

For the 2021 school year, students are bused to and from the YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services Office in St. Catharines. Registered students attend the program two days per week after school.

There is no cost for children to participate thanks to support from donors, funders, and partners. This includes individuals, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Niagara Community Foundation, and the District School Board of Niagara.

What makes YMCA Beyond the Bell TM successful?
  • Focused programming on literacy and numeracy, two areas where children can easily fall behind their peers.
  • Homework help based on the needs and grade level of children attending.
  • A positive, supportive, and safe program environment.
  • Individualized attention in a low staff to child ratio of 1 staff for every 5 children.
  • YMCA staff with knowledge and experience in education and being a role model.

An after-school snack is provided during the program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of structured activities. Program activities include homework time, literacy and numeracy activities, social skills, creative activities, and more!

During the COVID-19 pandemic numerous health and safety procedures are in place to ensure a positive experience for everyone involved. Brock University, Child and Youth Studies students are involved in a remote program review during the 2020-2021 school year.


For more information

Please contact the YMCA Beyond the Bell TM team at (905) 934-9755 ext 295 or via e-mail.