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How is the CYC different from other youth centers? The CYC model offers youth ages 3 to 18 the opportunity to thrive in a dynamic and positive environment through sports and academics. The CYC is not a drop-in day care facility or an after-school youth meeting place. Students must be participating in one of the athletic classes or working on academics during their time at the Center. The CYC promotes structure, discipline and order in a young person's life.

What sports or programs does the CYC offer? CYC offers recreational programs in boxing, wrestling, judo, taekwondo, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and sport specific conditioning. It also offers an outdoor activities program where students can take excursions to various points of interest throughout the Bay Area and Northern California to learn more about the environment and what they can do to preserve it. All of this is augmented with the Academic Excellence Center where students can do homework on their own, or get help from tutors.

Does the CYC offer any team opportunities or have any Summer Camps? Yes, CYC offers competitive team training opportunities in several of the sports programs for those hoping to excel at a higher level. And, in addition to regularly scheduled classes, camps are offered throughout the summer in all programs.

What would a typical week be like? The CYC can often be thought of as a "mall". Many members take advantage of the CYC model and participate in multiple programs. CYC classes run continuously, year-round. For example, on Monday a member can complete homework immediately after school from 3 to 4 p.m. Then take a Taekwondo class from 4 to 4:45 p.m., and follow up with time in the weight room from 5 to 6 p.m. On Tuesday that same member may take three entirely different classes, or perhaps spend more time on their academics. Schedules are flexible for children, and variety helps prevent staleness or burnout with a single program. Youth should be encouraged to participate in multiple activities to diversely develop their motor skills. Participating in multiple enriching activities at a young age will set foundations for healthy lifestyles going forward.

How qualified is the CYC coaching staff? The CYC has both full-time and part-time coaches with extensive experience in their respective sports fields. You can learn more about the coaching staff by visiting each program page on the website and clicking on the Coach Profile. The coaches work together with program directors to develop the child's athletic ability, but more importantly, to teach the intangibles such as discipline, dedication and desire.

How do I register my child for the CYC? Enrollment forms are available online or in the CYC office. You must fill out a release form for each child and bring it to the office to initiate membership. Then, after your child becomes a member, you may register them for classes.

How much does a membership cost? How much does each class cost? CYC is a membership-based program. There are no per class charges or enrollment fees. Membership fees are $31 per month. For certain advanced competitive programs, there are increased training dues added to the monthly fees. These costs are still a fraction of most private costs, and also can be waived for those needing financial assistance. Cost should never prevent a child in need from participating in CYC programs.

Is there a family discount? Yes! Membership dues for the first month are $31 per child. After the first month the CYC Membership Fee Schedule is as follows:.

Single Youth Membership (1 child only) $31 per month
2 Youth Membership (2 children) $46 per month
3 Youth Membership (3 children) $61 per month
4 Plus Youth Membership (4 or more children) $76 per month

Are scholarships available? Yes! Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the application and attach income verification. Then enclose all forms and information in a sealed envelope and either mail or hand deliver to the attention of CYC Scholarship Committee. Please mark the envelope CONFIDENTIAL.

What are the financial parameters used to determine if a scholarship is awarded? All scholarships are awarded on a case-by-case basis. A committee reviews all scholarship applications. It is up to the discretion of such committee as to the approval or denial of a scholarship.

How long is a scholarship valid? Scholarships are normally approved for a one-year period. However, they vary depending on what type of scholarship. There are four major types of scholarships:

• Monthly Dues
• Summer Camp
• Special Events
• Uniforms/Other

How do I register for classes? There are two ways to register for classes. If your child is currently a CYC member, you may register for a class over the phone by speaking with the registration desk. If your child is not currently a CYC member, then you must register in the office.

When do classes start? CYC classes are year-round and categorized based on ages, skills and programs. Certain programs may have seasonal activities; however most of our classes run on a continuous basis. You may register at any time providing that there is room available in the class.

My child stopped taking classes, so why am I still receiving a bill? Since CYC is a membership-based program your child need not be enrolled in a class to be a member. You will need to cancel your membership should you decide to discontinue membership. Canceling your membership is the only way to ensure you will not be billed the monthly membership dues.

How do I cancel my membership? You may cancel your membership by mail, email or phone. If necessary, we ask that you please cancel a membership with the CYC Accounts Manager 72 hours prior to the end of the month.

Do you prorate membership dues? No. Memberships are billed by calendar month. If your child only comes for one day in a one-month period they are billed the same as a child that comes 20 days.

Why was my child dropped from his/her class? The most common reason a child is dropped from class is due to absences. CYC's policy is that all absences must be excused by a parent/guardian prior to the start of class. If a student has 2 or more unexcused absences in one class, in a month period they will be dropped from that class. Some classes vary slightly. Remember always excuse your child's absences with the registration desk directly. We also do not allow you to excuse more than four consecutive absences. Just because your child was dropped from class does not means the membership is cancelled.

May I volunteer to work at the CYC? Yes, we are always looking for volunteers to help with fundraising, special events, team travel, tutoring, summer camp activities, etc. We appreciate any time that can be given. Please contact the CYC at (925) 671-7070 or stop by the front desk.

May I donate to CYC? Yes, visit the Donate section at the website for donation and gifting opportunities. We truly appreciate your support of CYC and its mission to help kids. If you have any questions, please contact the office at (925) 671-7070.


























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