SAFE Swim Foundation and The School of Yaya’s Fishes have joined forces with Every Child a Swimmer to offer valuable swim scholarships to children from families who might otherwise face financial barriers to formal swim lessons.
The collaboration between these three organizations marks a significant step towards enhancing water safety awareness and empowering children in Northeast Arkansas. Through this partnership, two swim scholarships will be awarded each month, enabling children to receive essential survival swim training at The School of Yaya’s Fishes in Lake City, Arkansas.
“The School of Yaya’s Fishes and SAFE Swim Foundation are so excited about this collaboration!” exclaimed Owner of The School of Yaya’s Fishes and Founder of SAFE Swim Foundation Terri “Yaya” Mommsen. “This collaboration perfectly aligns with our shared mission of promoting water safety awareness and providing deserving children with access to quality swim education. Together, we are dedicated to creating SAFE Swim Zones within our Northeast Arkansas communities.”
To be eligible for these swim scholarships, the following is required:
- Parents must commit to the lesson plan, which consists of 5 days per week for 3-5 weeks, based on individual skill acquisition. Lessons will take place at The School of Yaya’s Fishes in Lake City, Arkansas.
- The child must possess the ability to crawl and be at a “learn to swim” level.
- Financial need must be demonstrated through proof of eligibility based on the current Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free & Reduced-Price Meals, as established by the Department of Health.
- Applicants cannot reapply for the same child within the same calendar year.
While submission of a scholarship application does not guarantee funding, the SAFE Swim Foundation is committed to thoroughly reviewing each application and giving it full consideration. Additional information may be requested as part of the application process.
For families seeking to provide their children with the invaluable life skill of swimming, the scholarship application can be accessed through the following link: www.safeswimfoundation.com/scholarship
About Every Child a Swimmer (ECAS):
Every Child a Swimmer, a mission of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, endeavors to educate and train every child in the world in water safety. This initiative recognizes swimming as a vital life skill with the potential to save lives.
About SAFE Swim Foundation:
The SAFE Swim Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3), is committed to delivering essential water safety education, particularly for infants, toddlers, and children. The foundation is dedicated to breaking down barriers to drowning prevention by ensuring access to resources for children from diverse backgrounds, including those with limited resources or facing physical or mental challenges. The foundation firmly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to benefit from drowning prevention resources.
About The School of Yaya’s Fishes:
The School of Yaya’s Fishes is committed to the safety of children and helping them develop independence, confidence, fitness, and discipline in the water through survival swim training. The school is operated by two registered nurses with certifications in Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Amy N. Geswein
Director of Marketing
SAFE Swim Foundation
The School of Yaya’s Fishes