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Youth Programs

Programs for Youth


Western Avenue’s Youth Programs work to empower individuals. We want to give children opportunities to explore their community and create trusting and supportive relationships with our staff and peers. We offer a safe space for our community’s children to learn and have fun.


For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807

WACC Basketball League

The basketball program will start back up this winter-2024 and we will be accepting registrations soon, and with us merging with the YMCA Basketball League this winter, we are looking to develop our young athletes with the fundamentals of the game and make sure each kid is learning and having fun while learning the game of basketball. Last Year we had a in house league that was successful and this year we are looking to grow and provide more opportunities for our young Athletes ranging from 2nd-8th grade. WACC fosters a safe and fun environment for the Bloomington-Normal community. We are committed to providing a culture of unity, family fun events and programs that parents and children are excited to embrace.

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Willie Brown Leadership Program

The Willie Brown Summer Leadership program is named in honor of Willie Brown. He was heavily involved in activities at Western Avenue and went on to do a lot of great and phenomenal things with nonprofits and as well as had a successful career as a Senior Executive at State Farm. To honor the great legacy of Willie Brown and the impact that he has had in the Bloomington-Normal community this leadership program was formed. This program is based upon 5 pillars: responsibility, accountability, integrity, leadership, and service. This free program is offered to 30 students within the Bloomington – Normal school districts. The program includes enrichment programs, leadership classes and field trips that are both fun and educational. The participants that are a part of this program form new friendships and learn new skills throughout the program. This program is in partnership with ISU and the students get a chance to spend one week on campus and learn STEM projects and a host of other programs. For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807

After School Program

This program is designed for 5th graders and there is limited capacity. The after school program is geared towards providing recreational, field trips, arts and science related activities. WACC partners with ISU and IWU to provide interns to assist with the program. For more information please call the office at 309-829-4807