Youth Special Needs

Shining Star Director: Chris Eltringham

[email protected]

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Shining Star Express Classes (SSE):

Shining Star Express is an inclusive program available to individuals of all ages and abilities that meets on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. 

Our program uses peer modeling to provide both structured and unstructured activities and social skills learning. Special outings are planned throughout the year such as bowling, mini golf, and attending local baseball games. Our most popular events include our annual talent show, “Shining Star’s Got Talent” and the Winter Formal.

In an effort to cater to a wide range of personal interests, we offer a variety of classes including fitness, art, social group, meal prep, and music classes.

There is truly a class for everyone in our Shining Star Express Program!

Please inquire for more about the SSE classes available here at the Wyckoff Family YMCA. Combo Pricing available for enrolling in multiple classes. Application process required. Contact: [email protected] Budget and Billing Questions Contact: [email protected]

Meal Prep

Gr. 9 & Up

Fri. 4:30-5:30pm 

Learn how to prepare a meal by practicing culinary skills such as chopping, mixing, and plating a dish. Learn the skills here and recreate the recipes at home!

To Register for this class, please contact [email protected]

Full Member: $205  /  Program Member: $220


Dinner Time Chat

Gr. 9 & Up

Fri. 5:30-6:30pm 

Class begins in the kitchen preparing healthy snacks and salads to accompany a dinner that can include pizza and more.

To Register for this class, please contact [email protected]

Full Member: $210 /  Program Member: $225


Social Connect

Gr. 9 & Up

Fri. 6:30-8:30pm

Learn social skills including how to make introductions, join a conversation, and active listening. Participate in group social activities such as games, trivia, and field trips!

To Register for this class, please contact [email protected]

Full Member: $225  / Program Member: $240

Brunch with Santa!


11AM - 1PM  at the Wyckoff Family YMCA

Scrumptious food, DJ, Crafts, Santa and more 

FREE FOR ALL FAMILIES! RSVP by Mon., November 26