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Corina Mora: From Caracas to Camp
When you experience something amazing, it’s only natural you want to share it with the people closest to you. When Corina Mora came to Camp Jewell YMCA from Caracas, Venezuela in 2011 she didn’t realize the impact it would make on her life. Looking for an experience in the U.S. and an opportunity to practice her English, she sought a job as a camp counselor. What she found was an opportunity to impact others’ lives as well as her own. This year she’s back for her fourth summer, along with her fiancé, Daniel Caceres, whose first few weeks at camp have already exceeded his expectations.
“Living at camp for three months is life changing,” Corina said. “The amount of time you invest and the reward you get from that effort is awesome. By the end of the summer, people have changed and you’ve become part of a family.” >>>
Healthy Kids Day 2017

Healthy Kids Day brought together families and organizations from all over NE Connecticut for a fun day of learning and community building. Hale YMCA hosted over 30 health, safety, youth and education groups to offer vision screenings, sports activities, face painting, nutrition information, dancing, snacks and so much more!

Healthy Kids Day is an annual, national event hosted by the YMCA, so if you missed the event on April 29 this year, don’t worry, you can catch us next spring! Some highlights this year included:
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The Interview
Through the eyes of our youth, you can see the world just a little bit different. Read on!
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Meet Saeed Shakir!
Meet Saeed Shakir, a member of the YMCA of Greater Hartford. Saeed is 27 years old and will be turning 28 on March 29th of this year. Two and a half months ago, Saeed started coming to the
Glastonbury Family YMCA. Motivated by his children, he decided that he needed to lose weight before his upcoming birthday. When he signed up for his membership, Saeed weighed in at 376 lbs. Since then, he has been coming to the Glastonbury Y for 30-60 minutes a day and using the treadmill, elliptical, and bikes. In just 2 and a half short months, Saeed has already lost 40 lbs and is feeling amazing! And he’s not done yet. Follow Saeed’s amazing story right here. Then stop in and start your own Y story.
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