Posted on 5/15/15 2:07 PM by Andreas McCain
Spring has gotten off to a great start! The Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth & Family Center held its second annual College Tour and our Youth Teen Incentive Program (Y-TIP) hosted a record 41 students from different programs and high schools throughout the Hartford area. We kicked off the week-long tour in North Carolina. There, we visited the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Our next destination was Virginia; within two days we visited four schools including Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Richmond, Norfolk State University and Hampton University. At Hampton, we were delighted to be greeted by former program member and current college sophomore, Khalil Abrams. Our tour concluded in Maryland at the University of Maryland and finally Morgan State University.
After such an eventful week of tours and traveling, we were able to squeeze in some much needed down time. What better way to do that than with major league baseball? We attended a Washington Nationals and a Philadelphia Phillies game.
Posted on 5/14/15 11:43 AM by Will Kusek
Community volunteers who campaigned, cajoled, and fundraised their way to leading the charge for the construction of the new Regional Community YMCA in Putnam put their names on it-- literally-- as they signed a 22 beam before it was hoisted atop the gymnasium at the new Y.
Posted on 5/13/15 8:13 AM by Craig Dawson
Education is a priority for most parents, ensuring their child has a solid academic foundation to help them succeed. It can be a huge financial drain with parents struggling to find funds to ensure their children receive the best possible education. Some families are able to—and do—invest large sums of money into private schooling, even as early as elementary school.
While a strong education and a college degree are necessary to succeed in many industries, many colleges and potential employers look for well-rounded youth, not just those who excel academically. What makes your child stand out from the crowd among his or her fellow graduates beyond standardized test scores and GPA’s?
Posted on 5/12/15 6:04 AM by Will Kusek
Summer is finally on its way-- and perhaps the brave among you have already taken a dip in a local lake or river ahead of pools opening. Water activities, from swimming and boating to simply soaking in cool water on a hot day, are among the season's favorite pastimes for families relaxing together and campers spending time away from home.
As much fun as they can be, water sports can also be among summer's most dangerous activities. That is why you should make sure everyone in your family can swim! Whether your children will be spending their school vacation at a supervised camp, having unscheduled time with family and friends, or a combination of both,knowing how to swim can save their life. You should discuss water safety before anyone steps foot in the water-- and regularly over the course of the summer.
Posted on 5/4/15 12:55 PM by Will Kusek
The YMCA of Greater Hartford is a cause driven organization.
This means we think differently because we consider our community needs first, find the resources to address these needs, and measure our impact; we put a caring adult into the life of every child, are good stewards of the resources entrusted to us, and work in collaboration with others to eliminate the disparities in health and education; and it means we communicate our vision to our members and celebrate the work we do by collecting and telling our stories in the community.