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
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.
Join your Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA Family for a hot breakfast thanks to our partner Trader Joe’s of Westport. Breakfast will be provided for the youth, adults and families in our community.
WHEN: Every Saturday 9:30-10:30am
WHERE: Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA, 790 Central Avenue, Bridgeport, CT P 203 576 7430
Taylored for Success is a collaborative program that offers youth the opportunity to grow as a productive member of our community. This year long program gives members the chance to develop character, build professional habits and pursue dreams that were possibly thought unachievable! Workshops run throughout the year and members can register at any time.
The Ralphola Taylor Community Center YMCA would like to invite you to our Leadership Workshop Series! This is a great opportunity to meet with educators and tutors along with local businesses, community leaders, and athletes that will promote the Y’s emphasis on education, youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. Learn from our guest speakers the importance of being responsible, accountable, and an advocate for your community.
WHO: Families and youth between the ages of 12-18 are welcome.
HOW: Stop by or call in to register yourself or your child.
COST: The event is FREE to the public. Breakfast/lunch are usually served
WHEN: Dates and times vary, call to find out! P 203 576 7430
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: the Y 203 576 7439 or Camille Harris at 203 275 2797 Harding Resource Center
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.
Students prepare and learn hip hop dances to show their school spirit while performing during pep rallies. Each session students practice leadership and team building skills that they can apply to their daily life.
Students interested in volunteering are referred out into the community to serve local organizations. Students are also encouraged to volunteer for school activities as well.
Students are offered to relieve stress from their busy lives by practicing mindfulness, meditation and other stress relieving activities.
In conjunction with Y Staff, local college interns, and volunteers, the Harding High Resource Center offers many levels of remedial tutoring in many different academic subjects!
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.