HOLIDAY ANGELS

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VOLUNTEERS TAP NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORKS TO BENEFIT TOTS

Each year, a group of angels gathers to sprinkle holiday cheer throughout our region. Thanks to the dedication of Georgia Guhin, Katie Vita, Bridget Hartman, and Julie Pounds, the families of the Town of Chevy Chase have generously donated to the Linkages to Learning Thanksgiving and December holiday drive for over nine years. Continue reading “HOLIDAY ANGELS” »

THIS IS SCARY. YOU GO FIRST!

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One humid day in July, as youth from the Linkages to Learning and Rock Climbing Camps joined together, Y instructors began with their usual ‘safety talk’ and a review of the climbing and rappelling options from which they could choose. They explain that rappelling uses ropes and friction equipment to help campers descend rock cliffs slowly and safely.

The campers were nervous when they saw the height of the cliff for the repel. When it came time to start the rappelling activity, no one wanted to be first. Continue reading “THIS IS SCARY. YOU GO FIRST!” »

THINGAMAJIG WINS!

On a breezy beautiful Thursday in July, twenty-eight students, aged 5 to 13, tumbled out of a bus into the mammoth Prince George Equestrian Center for the 21st Annual YMCA Thingamajig convention. If they seemed a little awestruck, there was good reason.  Inside, the scene was a giant kaleidoscope of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, active fitness play, creative eco art, children’s gardening and a huge display of student inventions. The two weeks of “Thingamajig Camp” was provided free of charge for students of two YFS community centers. The campers produced more than cardboard inventions and brightly painted fantasy creations. They opened a world of creativity and innovation that help students consider STEM skills in the future.

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DONOVAN’S PLAN

CARE AND TEAMWORK FOR A YOUNG MAN’S FUTURE wrap

Donovan was referred to YMCA Youth & Family Services (YMCA-YFS) following a series of school suspensions and multiple behavioral concerns. Though bright, Donovan’s grades were suffering due to his negative behaviors and interactions with peers and teachers. Thanks to Montgomery County’s Collaboration Council, YMCA-YFS was able to assist Donovan and his family though the Wraparound program. Y staff helped facilitate communication between Donovan’s family members and his school to figure out a plan for the best way to improve his grades and decrease/eliminate school suspensions and the number of times he was asked to leave class due to his behaviors.

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YFS’ NEW MAYOR

She campaigned, they voted, and she made history…

YFS’ NEW MAYORLauryn, pictured above, is one of 13 teenagers at Albert Einstein High School’s after-school program that have worked to research and craft legislation in preparation for the 2015 Youth & Government Legislative Weekend, held April 24-25 in Washington, DC.  This year, Lauren joined  more than 40 YFS sponsored youth in this YMCA program.

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