Children's Unified Benefits and Services


YCUBS History and Programs

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans formed the Autism Task Force in early 2016, recognizing that, while there was a growing need for services for children and adults with autism, these needs were outpacing the capacities of programs and service providers in our region. Across YGNO’s association, it has become a frequent occurrence for parents and family members to ask if Y programs can safely accommodate their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) because they are unable to find resources elsewhere. The Y’s purpose has always been to address the most pressing needs of the people and communities we serve. This history led us to begin exploring the delivery of services to the ASD community and to partner with a variety of diverse stakeholders. This understanding led to the formation of the Autism Task Force. Now, in addition to the task force, the Y wants to offer services to people regardless of ability. Thus, Children's Unified Benefits and Services was born, a program where every child, and their families, can feel comfortable.







iCan Bike

YCUBS is proud to partner with iCan Bike to put on a camp for young people with disabilities to learn how to ride a bike.




Brushes, Buddies, and Beyond

Check out our painting classes for young people with special needs. These classes meet once a week and the students are provided with a canvas and supplies. For registration details contact East Jefferson YMCA at 504-888-9622 and Belle Chasse YMCA at 504-392-9622.

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Summer swim lessons for young people  with disa bilities - learn to swim in a fun and safe environment.

Dancing Drum Workshops

These 45 minute workshops focus on exploring the sounds of the drum, playing rhythm patterns to build motor skills, and experiencing the joy of making music together.


Belle Chasse YMCA Dancing Drum Workshop


West St. Tammany YMCA Dancing Drum Workshop



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