YMCA of MEWSA receives major grant from Provident Bank Foundation for STEAM programming

Pictured in the back row are Bobby Kleinau, vice president of Operations and Branch Leadership, left to right; Josephine Moran, executive vice president/director of Retail Banking; Jane Kurek, executive director of the Provident Bank Foundation; Rose Cushing of the YMCA; Denise Zimmer, director of Financial Development; George Dailey, senior vice president/controller of Provident Bank; and Gabe Rosanio, vice president/market manager. Pictured in the front row are children from the Metuchen YMCA Early Ed Program.

The YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy (MEWSA) recently received a grant in the amount of $10,000 from the Provident Bank Foundation to support their out-of-school STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs at the Metuchen, Edison and South Amboy YMCA branches.

The YMCA integrates STEAM into its out-of-school Early Ed and School Age Child Care programs to prepare youth to be academically successful by providing programs centered around STEAM principles, according to a statement provided by a Y. In addition, the YMCA also offers fee-based programming for more advanced levels of STEAM learning, including Scratch (Coding/Programming), Robotics and Python. The grant will enable the Y to subsidize the cost of this programming to children from underserved families in the community between the ages of 7-15, as well as to purchase relevant materials and equipment to provide a hands-on experience for building and experimenting, according to the statement.

For more information on the programs at the Metuchen branch, contact Pamela Cohen at 732-548-2044, ext. 2226 or at [email protected]. For the Edison branch, contact Jennifer Guthlein at 732-494-3232, ext. 3509 or at [email protected].