Community Outreach

Together we can build a better us!


We know that when we work together, we move individuals, families, and communities forward. The Y responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions to help those in need to reach their full potential. We are also committed to inspiring a spirit of service by uniting individuals from all walks of life to participate in and work for positive social change.

2017-2018 Caddo Parish Public Schools 2nd Grade “Swim For Life” Program

This is a collaboration with Caddo Parish Public Schools to provide the opportunity for every 2nd grader enrolled in our public school system to participate in a 4-day water safety and swim survival skills program. This program is made possible through support from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.



See details here and find out how YOU can be part of this drowning prevention program.

Next Instructor Training MARCH 15TH! Contact Michelle Roberts for details: 318-674-9635 or

Check out an article by Shreveport Times about Swim For Life here!

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Heidi Gerkin with Cornelius Johnson at the YMCA’s “Swim for Life” program. It is the result of a partnership between the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana, Caddo Parish Schools and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

2017 Alana Beard Water Safety Event

WNBA Champion and Shreveport, Louisiana native Alana Beard hosted her second annual swim safety event at the YMCA of Northwest Louisiana on July 21-22. Beard participate in the two-day swim education program. Children ages 11-18 participated through Common Ground Shreveport. Friday evening consisted of an out-of-water safety presentation, a light dinner, and swag bags with tshirts, swim caps, water bottles, and coupons provided by Nike, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sportspectrum, USA Swimming, and Chick-fil-A. Saturday morning it was time for everyone to get in the pool with our YMCA Swim Instructors for swim survival skills and lessons. A good time was had by all and we hope the kids learned some invaluable skills throughout these 2 days with Alana and our YMCA Aquatics staff!

See press release and photos from the event here.

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