First Coast YMCA Serves as Extension Campus of University of North Florida’s Personal Enrichment Classes

New partnership brings personal enrichment classes to five neighborhood Ys

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 19, 2016 – A recent partnership between the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and the University of North Florida (UNF) Division of Continuing Education provides local residents the opportunity to access LEARN Jacksonville—the non-credit, personal enrichment offerings at UNF—through their neighborhood Ys this summer.

From foreign language classes to kayaking lessons, five local Y branches, including Arlington Family YMCA, Brooks Family YMCA, Flagler Center Family YMCA, Williams Family YMCA and Yates Family YMCA, will offer 17 unique classes beginning Tuesday, May 3.

“The Y never stops exploring new ways to partner within the community and cultivate a healthy, active First Coast,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “We are pleased to join forces with the University of North Florida to provide area residents with extensive educational resources that improve individual well-being.”

Starting at $25 per class, First Coast YMCA members will receive 15 percent off registration for all lessons held at Y facilities, as well as one free class held at the UNF campus.

“As LEARN Jacksonville has become increasingly popular over the past years, it’s only natural for us to expand our reach by serving a wide variety of carefully selected classes beyond the campus walls,” said Edythe Abdullah, interim dean of UNF’s Division of Continuing Education. “The alignment between the Y’s commitment to strengthening communities and our division’s long-time goal of personal improvement will further facilitate a healthier Northeast Florida.”

Through this partnership, the new classes offered at First Coast Ys include Healthy Living in a Toxic World, Introduction to Spanish, Creative Mosaic Workshop, Crash Course in Screenwriting and more.

To obtain a full list of LEARN Jacksonville classes, visit For classes taking place at neighborhood Ys, visit Y members must register through in order to receive discount.

For more information, contact Valerie Murphy at

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For more than 100 years, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has been providing men, women and children of all ages, and from all walks of life, opportunities to build stronger bonds, live healthy and become more engaged with their communities. Learn more:

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