Student Y Chapter -- YMCA Club

--also known as the Y-Club Last Updated: 8/16/2019 6:14 PM


The Student Y is a YMCA-affiliated club that promotes service, leadership, and character development through student-organized service to the school and community and through fellowship with peers, adults, the state YMCA staff.  Learn more here.

To Join--
The primary Y-Club membership drive takes place in late August through early September of each school year. Sign up with Ms. O'Daniel in the LMC in the morning or between classes OR at the Y-Club table at lunch. Students who wish to join the club later in the year may be able to do so.  See Ms. O'Daniel in the library.

What we do--
Members of the John Hardin Y-Club are encouraged to participate in the club's school and community service projects. Our meetings focus on fun and fellowship.  

Y-Club members who are interested in state and federal government, as well as world affairs, may qualify to participate in KYA (Kentucky Youth Assembly) and KUNA (Kentucky United Nations Assembly). All Y-Club members do not attend KYA & KUNA.  

More about KYA--
The Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA) is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government. KYA offers students the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of issues, develop critical thinking skills, and articulate their beliefs while engaging constructively with their peers from around the Commonwealth. 

The JHHS KYA delegation did a fantastic job at the 2018 KYA convention on November 18-20. Out of the 38 Kentucky schools and more than 1,400 students participating, the JHHS crew earned the TOP award -- BEST DELEGATION. Jenna Grogan earned an Outstanding Delegate award and was appointed as Pro Tem of the Bluegrass House B Chamber. Lucy Sonsalla earned an Outstanding Speaker Award. The bill sponsored by Lucy Sonsalla, Nizhoni McDarment, Caleb Fitzgerald and Naiya Sims was passed by both the House and the Senate and was signed into law. The JHHS delegation was also named a Premiere Delegation. Any JHHS students who are interested in debate, public speaking, or current issues in Kentucky should consider joining the Student Y Club. The club will be looking for new KYA delegates for next year’s convention.

And KUNA--
The Kentucky United Nations Assembly (KUNA) is a 3-day experiential learning conference in which students participate directly in simulated international diplomacy. KUNA offers students the opportunity to experience the richness of cultures from around the world, develop empathy, and hone their critical thinking skills while engaging with a wide variety of perspectives and global issues.

Take a look at the YMCA's KYA & KUNA promo video or check out this KET video about KYA.

Y-Club meetings at least once per month after school.  Meetings include friendship-building activities and community service education and projects.

Some of our favorite service projects are....Valentine Heart Attacks (showing some love to our teachers), welcoming new students to our school, Christmas goody bags for our bus drivers, Feeding America support, care packages to JHHS parents and graduates who have been deployed, assisting our JHHS seniors in registering to vote in partnership with InspireUSand more!

The Student Y is registered with Inspire U.S.- a nonprofit nonpartisan organization which "inspires" students to become registered and informed voters.  See more at

Student members are strongly encouraged to log their service hours in the FREE app called MobileServe. 
Click here for an introductory video.  See Ms. O'Daniel for the required codes and for additional information.

Stay informed--
Members must be sure to read Remind texts and listen to announcements. Members should get the group text code from Ms. O'Daniel in the library.

Kentucky YMCA Youth Association Website

Who to see--
Advisors are Ms. O'Daniel, Ms. Forrest, & Mrs. Lanham.

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