Y Stories

LOCALLY GROWN LEADERSHIP

A YOUNG GIRL FOUND FUN AND VOLUNTEERISM AT THE Y; SHE ALSO FOUND A H.O.M.E. AND A CAREER Friday, July 20, 2018 The Y is more than a fitness facility and summer camp. We are an open door to limitless possibilities for people from every background. Sharon Perez, a YMCA Youth & Family Services Community School Coordinator with the Linkages to Learning program, is proof of the possibilities. Sharon came to the Y as a teenager at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School through the H.O.M.E. (Hope and Opportunities in a Multicultural Environment) program. H.O.M.E. supports the youth in-and-out of the school by providing Student Service Learning and leadership development opportunities, after school recreation (soccer/basketball), and lunchtime civic engagement groups. (Full Story Sheet) Continue reading “LOCALLY GROWN LEADERSHIP” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

ADVOCACY CAMP

Friday, July 6, 2018 Last year, Lindsey Foss, a Linkages to Learning mental health therapist, and many other health care providers began noticing that the young people she worked with were sharing feelings of anxiety and discouragement due to the political climate. “They felt hopeless and like all political power rested on one person,” stated Foss.  They did not know about the different branches of government or how to effectively advocate beyond messages they were seeing on social media.  So, to empower these young people with knowledge and information about how government works while also having fun, she organized an “Advocacy Camp” spring break. As a part of the YMCA, an organization that promotes social responsibility and youth development, Foss knew that this would be a great way for the Y to encourage teens to take action. (Full Story Sheet) Continue reading “ADVOCACY CAMP” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

Our Holiday Tradition

The holiday season is full of love and joy and kindness. Our favorite T.V. shows portray families and friends coming together and feasting on tasty treats while enjoying one another’s company. However, for some young people, the holidays are a time of stress and concern. The idealized depictions of family norms are not representative of their reality. In December, the Youth Links mentoring program brightened the holiday spirit for their youth mentees. (Full Story Sheet) Continue reading “Our Holiday Tradition” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

Suicide is Preventable

Being a teenager is hard.  For some young people and their parents, getting through the teenage years can seem almost impossible. Imagine how much easier it would be if you had someone available to help you 24/7. *Anna was desperate for help after her daughter Lucy repeatedly cut herself, attempted suicide, and underwent numerous psychiatric hospitalizations.  (Full Story Sheet) Continue reading “Suicide is Preventable” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

The Love of the Game

Spring 2017 In one of the most diverse counties in America, Montgomery County, MD (http://www.mymcmedia.org/four-of-the-10-most-diverse-cities-are-in-montgomery-county/ )- recreational sports often serve as a unifying factor for many immigrant populations.  Sports are a great draw for youth engagement in after-school programs, but at Albert Einstein High School, soccer is doing so much more. Continue reading “The Love of the Game” »

By Carson Henry, ago
Y Stories

Energizing our Future

GROUNDBREAKERS

CAQT Summer 2017

Answering the question, “What Did I Do on My Summer Vacation?” can be a source of embarrassment for low-income youth who’s families don’t have the resources to engage their kids in safe, holistic summer fun activities. Instead, summers are often spent ingesting a steady diet of reality TV shows, playing video games, and trying to avoid engaging in high-risk activities that beckon unsupervised teens. Enter the YMCA to help fill that void. Continue reading “Energizing our Future” »

By Carson Henry, ago