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Univest 5-Year Sponsor of 7th Grade Initiative at CBY


univest bank shirtsUnivest Bank is a five-year visionary level sponsor of the 7th grade initiative program at Central Bucks Family YMCA. The program provides free memberships and specialized teen fitness classes, clubs and activities to community 7th graders for the entire year.

"As educators we look for ways to build character in our students. We work diligently to instill a sense of confidence, maturity and social responsibility in all the children we see,” said John J. Kopicki, superintendent of Central Bucks School District. “The partnership between the district and the Y helps us do that.” 

The 7th Grade Initiative program provides a full teen membership enabling teens to utilize the fitness center, aquatics center, gymnasium, studios, teen center and Skate Park. Teen clubs and classes included with membership include basketball, homework help, Teen Leaders, pickleball, dodgeball, gaga, volleyball, and teen spin classes. Special events and trips are also scheduled on an occasional basis.

“The partnership between Lenape Middle School and the YMCA is an invaluable one,” said Geanine N. Saullo, principal at Lenape Middle School. “The 7th grade (initiative) program has allowed so many students access to a variety of programs to help with their social and emotional and physical wellness.” Students from the nearby Lenape Middle School are able to walk to the Y afterschool.

Participants must register in-person with the 7th grader and parent/guardian present with proof of grade level at Central Bucks Family YMCA, 2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown—across from Central Bucks West High School. Parents or 7th graders interested in the program are encouraged to contact Melissa Lollar, 215.348.8131, x1117 or mlollar@cbfymca.org with questions.

“We are so grateful to Univest for their continued support of this important program,” said Zane Moore, president and CEO at Central Bucks Family YMCA. “We could not do all we do for our community youth without the support of generous sponsors like Univest Bank.”

The Y is a community leader known throughout the nation for providing a safe place for youth and teens to learn, grow, and thrive. Research shows that seventh-grade is a critical time in a young person’s life when exposure to risk factors greatly increases but is also the year when youth begin to make decisions on their own and distance themselves from family and positive support systems.