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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REACHING NEW HEIGHTS

8 YEAR OLD & MOM INSPIRE EACH OTHER ON CHALLENGE COURSE

reaching new heights

Just before noon, Alberto, whose name has been changed for this article, eyed the zip line suspiciously. He’d already tried once to gather the courage to ride it across the wide-open space below. On his first attempt, the 8-year-old made it to the top of the ladder. By lunchtime on the first ever YFS Family Day, Alberto made it all the way to the edge of the 40– ft high platform and stopped, planning to try again after the noon meal.

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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.

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