The mission of the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA is to build strong kids, strong families and a strong community by offering high quality, diverse, responsive and innovative programs and services. Our programs aim to improve the quality of life and develop the economic self-sufficiency of low-income children and their parents. The four core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are at the heart of the YMCA’s mission and are incorporated into all programs. Learn more about the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA and how to become a member.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am–10:00pm
Address & Phone:
790 Central Avenue
Zoe is a one-year old toddler running for president in 2064. Zoe represents the potential the Y sees in every child. And whether they want to be a teacher, a firefighter or president of the United States, she’s showing that with the Y’s support – all kids have the opportunity to become their best selves.
When you donate to Zoe, you’re donating to your local Y and supporting the programs and services we offer to give kids like Zoe what they need from childhood and throughout their life.
Watch to learn more about Zoe. Change is Coming…Eventually
Through the Safety Around Water program, parents and caregivers will be encouraged to help their children learn fundamental water safety and swimming skills. During the course, child will learn how to respond if they find themselves in unexpected water situations – – from how to reach the water’s surface if they submerge to safely reaching a pool’s edge or exiting any body of water.
For detailed program information, please contact our Aquatics Department or Member Service Team. Class times and locations vary by program and Y Branch.
Give us your bored, your idle, your balls of energy. Give us kids desperate for something to do and for a place to go. We’ll take their unbridled energy, and point it in the right direction. Because if given a purpose, idle hands are capable of amazing things.
Join us and increase your reading and writing skills! Enjoy a good story? Come join the book club to read and discuss great literature!
Where: Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA
When: Scheduling based on your availability – give us a call. Below
Where: Harding High School Resource Center
When: Every Friday 3-5pm
Contacts: GeJuan Williams at the Y 203 576 7439 or Camille Harris at 203 275 2797 Harding Resource Center
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program helps adults at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by taking steps that will improve their overall health and well-being. Research by the National Institutes of Health has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program can reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58%, and 71% in adults over the age of 60. Click Here to find out if you qualify. To get a feeling for the class and more information about the program, watch this video.
The Harding Resource Center is a collaborative effort between the Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA, Warren Harding High School and the City of Bridgeport Board of Education. Our mission is to offer quality, educational, and interactive after school programming for the Warren Harding High School student body. Clubs are held in the fall, winter and spring sessions in addition to year-long clubs.
The YMCA Young Women’s Society offers young women an opportunity to further develop their personal, professional and civic lives.
Who: Young Women Ages 12 – 19
When: Wednesdays at 4:00
Where: RTCC YMCA Teen Room
More Information: RTCC Young Womens Society
Ages: 4 – 12
Dancing is important to children of all ages, whether it is for exercise or just for fun and entertainment. Dancing can be a tool in which a child can express one’s self and plays a key role in their growth and development.
Arts & Crafts can be a fun way to encourage creativity in children and help them focus their minds on completing a set task. For older children Arts & Crafts is a way to gain a better understanding of artistic and design skills that could help in their futures.
Music has been a part of youth education for a long time. Music lessons aid in the enhancement of a child’s spatial reasoning and creative thought and is essential to their success in math and science.
The After-School Program runs Monday through Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and serves at-risk youth in grades K-8. Our program provides a safe haven and opportunities to the youth in the East End of Bridgeport. Each child is assisted in completing schoolwork or assigned worksheets, receives a healthy snack and participates in a rotating schedule of activities that includes dance, performing arts, arts and crafts, and sports rather than the company of the TV set or the local street corner. Programs run throughout the school year.