SAN ANGELO, TX— Jeremy Stanger, the program director of the local YMCA, is dedicated to introducing cutting-edge technology and valuable resources to the YMCA, aiming to assist children in learning and connecting in innovative ways. Stanger emphasized, "Strengthening San Angelo and communities across America has been our cause for the past 66 years." He added, "Many people would be surprised to learn about the breadth of new and cutting-edge resources available to them through the Y — many of them free of charge."
Annually, the YMCA impacts millions of adults and youth, including those residing in underserved communities, offering programs and resources crafted to nurture the potential of every child and teenager, enhance the nation's health and well-being, and foster a spirit of giving back and supporting neighbors. In San Angelo, the YMCA remains committed to continuously developing programs aligned with these goals.
The latest addition to the YMCA's community-focused programs is the launch of an esports lounge. This program aims to provide young individuals with the opportunity to develop skills using video game technology that has resulted in $17 million in collegiate scholarships for the school year 2023-2024.
This evolution in learning styles reflects a national shift, enabling students who struggle in traditional classroom settings to find renewed enthusiasm for learning. Games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends (focused on Air Traffic Control), Minecraft (pertaining to structural engineering, graphic design, and applied mathematics), and various real-time strategy games (related to broadcasting and educational development) are paving the way to degree programs or direct employment from high school into the labor force. Esports currently represents a $3.4 billion industry, with STEM applications propelling the total industry value to exceed $45 billion.