Y Stories

Mentoring by any other name….

The YMCA mentoring program has a new name: YMCA YouthLinks: Linking Youth to Caring Mentors.  Our mission remains unchanged: to provide court involved youth in Montgomery County with caring and consistent adult support.  At the Y, we strengthen our community through youth development, ensuring that our most vulnerable children receive our care and support. Continue reading “Mentoring by any other name….” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

OPENING ARMS AND HEARTS

Adama was 12 when her mother sent her from her home in West Africa to live with a relative in Maryland. Decades of civil war,  poverty and unemployment had driven desperate parents to seek a better life for their children in the U.S., even if they had to make the long journey alone, as Adama did. The family lifeline in Maryland turned out to be abusive, and Adama, with no where else to turn, was taken into foster care. Continue reading “OPENING ARMS AND HEARTS” »

By Carson Henry, ago