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KIM NYRENKim

Director of Community Investment

Kim Nyren is the Director of Community Investment. She meets with everyone and anyone to see how businesses and organizations can partner with the Y. 

Kim has a passion for connecting our members with other organizations and businesses in our service  area.

When asked what she likes most about her job at the Y, Kim replied, " I love the energy of the Y and I love being a part of the community. My kids feel comfortable and consider the Y their second home because we really are a big family here."

Fun fact about Kim: She didn't grow up in Northbrook, but married into the Nyren family, which has a long history in Northbrook. 


 

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TARA WESSELINKIMG 1263 Tara Wesselink

Front Desk Customer Service Specialist/ Social Responsibility and Sustainability Coordinator

Did you know Tara likes Pina Colada and getting caught in the rain? Well if you didn't now you do. The things she likes most about her job includes: the openness of the front desk, our varying artists each month and seeing the Y members happy and healthy. 

"I believe one of our basic needs is to connect with others. I consider it my privilege to try to connect with as many of our members as I can at the Front Desk.  Whether it's addressing someone by name, asking about a loved one or finding out how someone's weekend went.. I enjoy hearing other's stories and making them feel welcome here at the NSYMCA."


 

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LEARNING THE SKILLS OF FUTURE IN A FUN WAY!

SMARTLAB is our new program that brings together our old Digital Media programming and combines it with S.T.E.A.M, an educational initiative.

Our goal is for participants to be involved and passionate about all the new skills that our future brings in the field of computer science, robotics, animation, engineering, etc and become future innovators or inventors of the world.

For more information contact Angelica Schab, Camp & S.T.E.A.M. Enrichment Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 


 

  • Lego Movie Making

    Lego Movie Making - Grades 3-6

    Your child will bring LEGO pieces to life with their own imagination and our equipment! Using our LEGO pieces, your child will build scenes and develop storylines for their very own LEGO movie. Whether they’re into Lego Friends or Lego Super Heros, they’ll be able to create something amazing and inventive!

  • S.T.E.A.M

    S.T.E.A.M - Grades 3-6

    Our science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) activities are engaging, super fun, and allow your child to create amazing things! Whether we’re digging for fossils, creating a mouse trap car, or making ice cream, we’ll be learning valuable skills that will help make your child successful in all areas of life. Join us to learn, grow, and have fun!

    View topics and details of this class here

  • Little Steamers

    Students doing expiriments in the little steamers class Little Steamers - 4-6 Years

    Your 4– to 6-year-old will love this class! We’ll learn all the basics of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (S.T.E.A.M.) in super-fun, age-appropriate, and engaging activities. We’ll get messy and have fun, all while learning!

    View topics and details of this class here

  • Hawks Tech

    Hawks Tech - 7-14 Years

    This is a special needs technology class for our friends who need a little more support in learning technology skills.

  • LEGO® Wedo Robotics

    LEGO® Wedo Robotics - Grades 3-6

    We’re partnering with Kids STEM Studio to offer a robotics class! Kids design, build, and program exciting robots using LEGO’s advanced technology. Kids will work in teams of two on brainstorming ideas and building robots using motors and sensors. After building the model, they will write code using visual programming language to make the robot rotate, jump, spin, make sounds, and more!

  • LEGO® EV3 Mindstorm

    LEGO® EV3 Mindstorm - Grades 3-6

    This class provides a more advanced experience for young roboticists in building, customizing, and programming their own robots using touch, color, ultrasonic, and gyro sensors along with visual programming language. Kids will use computer programming concepts such as loops, variables, and control flows to write algorithms that make their robot perform different actions like driving, data collecting, shooting, and slithering.

  • Coding

    Coding - Grades 3-6

    The ability to code computer programs is part of literacy in today’s world. Your child will learn to code using Google’s Scratch curriculum, which helps them not only learn to code, but to problem solve, design projects, and communicate ideas

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NICOLE HATFIELDNicole

Camp Registrar / Adventure Guides / Volunteer Coordinator

Nicole is a jack of all trades and gives logistical and administrative support across several departments such as Summer Camp, Adventure Guides and Y-time.

Nicole gives our members details to help them better understand the various aspects of the programming and how different aspects of each program can be intertwined to create a schedule that works best with their family.

When asked what she likes most about her job at the Y, Nicole replied, "What I love about the Y is the family environment and community it's provided my family. I love watching my children interact with the members and staff alike! I love the inclusion, equality and respect that our staff and members live by and inturn teaches my own children. What I love about my job the most is being able to help different departments, staff and members. Each department has a different set of members and staff and I love interacting and being involveed in that.

Fun fact about Nicole is that she can wiggle her ears and nose. 


 

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