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Posted on 7/17/15 11:53 AM by Will Kusek
Parents turn onto Frog Pond Road to drop their children off for an engaging Summer Learning Initiative Camp (SLIC) at Woodstock Elementary School. Most of these children have been identified as kids who would benefit from staying in school over the summer to prevent learning loss. The children are led by Renee Suprenaunt, a well-respected and highly regarded teacher in the Woodstock community. They learn math, science, reading, music, and language arts until 11:30. Then these kids have an opportunity to join the Y community at Camp Woodstock for the afternoon where they build relationships with new faces as they swim, boat, climb, laugh, and play screaming toes.
This collaboration with our local school has provided an opportunity for children with parents who work a solution for summer childcare and the opportunity for their kids to achieve academic success at school. Most kids come from families where single parents or both parents need to work to meet day to day financial challenges. The 3 morning a week SLIC program was not an option for some of these families. Now these parents can have their kids learn at school and take advantage of the benefits of camp. We pick the children up from school on our little yellow bus 3 days a week and give the families an option for camp Monday and Friday when the SLIC program is not offered.
Posted on 7/6/15 12:42 PM by Andreas McCain
On June 4th, YMCA Youth Achievers Banquet was held at The Bond Ballroom, in Hartford CT. We recognized seven graduating seniors and thanked over 100 youth and their parents for their participation in the YMCA achievers 2014-2015 program year. In addition, we honored 12 adult achievers volunteers who gave their time over the past 8 months to youth from the Greater Hartford area. We had the pleasure of having Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., a surgeon and professor at the University of Connecticut, as our keynote speaker for the evening. He shared words of wisdom that touched the minds and hearts of everyone.
The YMCA achievers program serves youth in grades 5 to 12, in which they meet two times a month on Saturdays. The adult achievers serve as positive role models that guide the youth in various program curriculums and designed to demonstrate to young people the critical importance of striving for excellence in all that we do. We wish our graduating seniors great success as they all move on to college. We look forward to our remaining Y-Achievers to return in the fall and for them to invite a friend.
Posted on 6/25/15 2:39 PM by Andreas McCain
The MOCHA members had the opportunity to participate in a bike ride adventure. It was a 16 mile round trip from Simsbury to Granby, CT. The guys really had an awesome experience during the ride. They were able to support and encourage each other to keep pushing forward. Working as a team, all of the members successfully completed the bike route in its entirety. Program participants also enjoyed a barbecue lunch at Granbrook Park during the midway point of the ride. They were able to socialize, listen to music and build lasting memories with each other. This was an awesome opportunity for the men to exercise outside of the Wellness Center at Wilson-Gray and enjoy the outdoors. They have been working hard on improving their health and this is another great milestone accomplished. Way to work fellas!
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.
Posted on 4/21/15 12:56 PM by Scott Woodaman
When we talk about giving back to our community the Y is always willing to jump in. Below is a picture of the Tarriffville School Junior Achievement (JA) group that dedicated all day to work with kids from Kindergarten to 6th grade. We talked about how business works and how you can become a successful Entrepreneur. In partnership with JA and Simsbury Bank, Brian Liss, Scott Woodaman and Michael Garcia all gave of their time and talents. We know the volunteers had fun working with the kids all day!
Posted on 4/13/15 11:00 AM by Will Kusek
Kayla at the Glastonbury Family YMCA is preparing for the biggest role of her life: confident, young leader making her mark. But she wasn't always the bright, outgoing girl she is today. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
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