The YMCA partnered with the World Impact Office to give students a chance to engage in community outreach as well as gain extra chapel credit.
The YMCA Y Games are the third and final installment of outreach events that count toward chapel credit for students at Indiana Wesleyan University. The previous two were “Go Give Generously to Gilead” and a food drive for St. Martin Community Center.
Abbey Green (sr), student body outreach coordinator, said that IWU has worked with the YMCA before, but this will be the first year of the Y Games. And, she added, this semester was the first time that chapel credit was given for events like this.
Emily Bowman of the Outreach Office (alumna ‘10) was “the one who wrote up the event for credit,” said Green.
Currently, students who need to make up for skipping chapel services can attend on-campus worship events called Breathe and Still or listen to and take notes on recorded chapel services.
Last semester, the dean of the chapel was in conversation with the Student Government Association about the possibility of mandating a one-credit class for students who went over their allotted six chapel skips per semester.
Rebecca Kineman (jr) prefers the outreach opportunities to the class but thinks it could be given more incentive for the chapel credit.
“I think the outreach is much better than the one-credit idea. As far as the one-credit goes, we sit in class all day, and in a sense chapel is supposed to be something where we take what we’re hearing to heart then go do it. But there should be bigger incentive for the outreach because if it’s going to replace chapel, it should be more equivalent in the hours,” said Kineman.
The Y Games will be held at the YMCA on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The plans for the games are designed around children in kindergarten through sixth grade and include relays, swimming, tug-of-war and an awards banquet to finish the day. Green said workers are preparing for 100-200 kids and hoping for about 75 volunteers.