Each of YMCA of Coastal Georgia's branches remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA?s core values of honesty, caring, responsibility, and respect as they invest in their community?s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, and personal-training sessions. They?ve also filled their fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, after-school programs, and dance classes.
The artists at Wine and Canvas awaken their students’ inner Rembrandts and Van Goghs with classes that pair a featured painting with specialty cocktails and wines. The mobile studio’s monthly calendar includes themed classes in which instructors expound on the nuances of painting Parisian street lamps, Japanese flowers, or Venetian cityscapes. The master painters—many of them local artists—provide step-by-step instructions while students mimic each stroke and periodically dip their brushes into glasses filled with crimson cabernet. Each of the studio’s various drink-friendly venues boasts a specialty libation selected to incite creativity or conversations with fellow painters. When the artistic frenzy concludes, students return home with a finished masterpiece large enough to conceal any wall safe or mirror portal.
For more than 30 years, ABC Bartending School's instructors have trained aspiring 'tenders with hands-on lessons in real bar environments. Students learn how to blend classic and newfangled drinks, gaining the tools to tend bar professionally in as few as two weeks. Course offerings include Bartending 101, Bar Management, and Advanced Flair Bartending, in which students learn how to style a patron's hair when he's not looking.
The faculty members place paramount importance on helping their students to find jobs after certification. With institutions across more than 30 states, ABC Bartending School has formed a coast-to-coast professional network to help to locate positions for its graduates in any region of the country.