Posted on 3/12/18 1:43 PM by Samantha Savran
Our latest #HumansoftheY story comes from Nick at the Wheeler YMCA, who has been a member for more than a year now and always has a smile and a positive outlook! He stops to chat with any of the MSRs working at the front desk and always has something interesting to share, like pictures of his new kayak that he’s excited to start using in the summer, or fun facts. But it's his life story that makes Nick unique:
“I work at a state group home and am also in the U.S. Coast Guard and I come here to get away from it all. I come to the Y to socialize, hang out, and get connected to my home community after being at Eastern CT State University. Coming over here to the Y, you work out, you never quit, never give up and you have a lot of fun and get to meet a lot of new people!”
Posted on 3/1/16 11:45 AM by Natalie Zembrzuski
In a time when youth and teens are ordinarily plugged into technology and have little peer interaction beyond their home communities, the weekend of December 11th to the 13th proved to be out of the ordinary for forty-two New England teens. Each year, in early December, teens from various communities are invited to participate in Teen Wide World at YMCA Camp Woodstock, a weekend funded entirely by donation dollars from Camps Annual Campaign. The weekend is designed to promote diversity and inclusion, bringing teens together from various cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds within the region. From Friday through Sunday, the teens explore diversity, discuss social problems, and are challenged with various team-building initiatives. The goal of the weekend is to expose teens to a variety of people and backgrounds in a safe setting, and to build character and leadership skills in each participant.