Giving back and providing support to our neighbors.
Every year, the Pav YMCA’s Annual Support Campaign raises charitable, tax-deductible contributions from individuals, local businesses, corporations and foundations in support of membership and program scholarships. Fee assistance is limited to members of the Pav YMCA with demonstrated financial need who reside in the communities we are officially chartered to serve: Berwyn, Cicero, Stickney, Lyons, Forest View, Riverside and North Riverside. An application and proof of need are required for financial assistance. Assistance will be granted to the extent that scholarship funds are available.
To apply for financial assistance, please contact J.R. Anderson at ext. 318 or ganderson@pavymca. org.
The Pav YMCA receives over 500 visits from active duty military personnel every month. Use of the Pav YMCA is made available, free of charge, to anyone on active duty in the U.S. Armed Services. Facility admission is as simple as completing a sign-in sheet and providing proof of current service with valid identification. This is our way of supporting the health and well-being of our troops here at home. Thank you for your service!
Citizenship and GED® Test Prep
The Pav YMCA has partnered with Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County (LVWCC) to help community members prepare for two important life-changing exams: naturalization (better known as citizenship) and the GED® exam.
To apply for naturalization, a permanent resident:
• Must have lived continuously in the US for the past 5 years, or
• Must be married to a US citizen and must have lived continuously in the US for the past 3 years
• Some exceptions apply
During the school year, our citizenship study group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to noon. We practice answering the 100 questions and develop better speaking skills for the interview.
Our GED® study group meets on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:30am to 12:30pm. We provide diagnostic testing to determine which content needs to be reviewed and studied. Participants in our study group may take the official GED® Ready Practice Test at no charge to estimate their score.
To obtain high school equivalency, all four parts of the 2014 GED® test battery must be passed with a score of 145 or higher in addition to the Illinois constitution test. The four subjects of the new computer-based GED® test are Mathematics, Reasoning through Language Arts (RLA), Science, and Social Studies.
To pass the Mathematics test, a test taker must know basic arithmetic, algebra, and geometry, and should be able to apply these skills to answer complex multi-step problems. Test takers must also be comfortable writing extended response passages that demonstrate the ability to organize ideas, use facts and figures to support an argument, and write Persuasively. Extended response writing is required for Science and RLA.
Study groups are free and open to the public. We also welcome volunteer tutors who are willing to complete a background check and training through Literacy Volunteers of Western Cook County.
Official naturalization and GED® testing are not offered at the Pav YMCA.