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Smith Family Foundation Supports New ILC Program

 

Volunteer Spotlight

 

In Memorium: Lieutenant Ed Walsh

 

Roxbury Y Preschool Space Updated

 

East Boston Y Annual Breakfast

 

Y Camping Services Heritage Club Event

 

YMCA's Healthy Kids Day 

 

Open House Planned for New Huntington Ave Y

 

Y Marathon Team

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Kevin Washington
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
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Jeff Conway, Chair
Elizabeth B. Burnett, Vice Chair
Eileen M. Connors, Vice Chair
William I. Huyett, Vice Chair
Brian H. Kavoogian, Vice Chair
Richard C. Waters, Treasurer
Mark S. Ain
Hope A. Aldrich
Richard H. Aldrich
Brant Binder
Kevin J. Blake
Daniel F. Conley
Donald E. Conover
C. Michael Daley
David A. Damassa
Kevin A. Foster
David G. Fubini
Michelle W. Hecht
Evelyn Kaupp
Robert E. Kenney
Teresa K. Koster
Matt McPherron
C. Ann Merrifield
Tara Murphy
Charlayne Murrell-Smith
Jack R. O'Connor
Jill W. Onderdonk
James P. Palermo
William M. Parent
Charles R. Parrott
Dave Porter
Jonathan Savoy
Cynthia L. Strauss
Nancy Stuart
Alan W. Tuck
Kate Walsh
Frederick A. Wang
Faith S. Weiner
M. David Wilkins
 
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SMITH FAMILY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS NEW ILC PROGRAM
DalyaThanks to support from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, students like Dalya pictured at right, can realize the dream of a college education.

Dalya and her family escaped from the violence in their homeland of Iraq to Syria. With the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, Dalya interrupted her studies to work for the Red Crescent.  “How could I study when people needed help?” she asks. She graduated from high school at a time when most of her friends were unable to reach the school to take their final exams. Thankful to be alive, Dalya and her family came to the US in October of 2012 as refugees.


Today, immigrants represent one in six U.S. workers with approximately half of these immigrant workers classified as “Limited English Proficient.” This lack of English proficiency has a profound impact on their employability and wage earning potential.

With a $450,000 grant from the Smith Family Foundation, the Y’s International Learning Center (ILC) launched the program Transition to College and Careers to increase access for limited English speaking Greater Boston residents to improve their English skills and gain entry into college, a certificate program, or a skills training program. To date, 30 individuals are enrolled in the program with 12 already accepted into college or certificate program.

Dalya began taking classes at the YMCA's ILC in 2013 and in January 2014, Dalya enrolled in the ILC’s Transitions to College program.  “I have always dreamed of becoming an architect, and now I am living my dream.”  Dalya has been accepted to Wentworth School of Technology for the September 2014 semester.
 

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: DAVE PORTER
Dave PorterThe YMCA of Greater Boston is proud to welcome Dave Porter to its General Board of Directors. Since 1996, Dave has been the owner and Managing Partner of Baystate Financial, one of Massachusetts' oldest and largest full service financial firms. Under Dave's direction, Baystate Financial has been recognized as one of Boston's top places to work in both The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal, and has grown from one office in Boston to nine offices in five states.

Dave was recently recognized as one of three "Most Admired CEO's" by the Boston Business Journal. Dave also serves on the boards of Elon University in North Carolina, the Genesis Fund, and Zoo New England.


IN MEMORIUM: LIEUTENANT ED WALSH
We are heartbroken by the loss of our beloved staff member, Lieutenant Ed Walsh. Since 2004, Ed served as the Facilities Director of the Oak Square YMCA. He was a respected, committed, and important member of the Y family. To so many, Ed was a hero. To us, he was a friend and treasured colleague. Our hearts and prayers are with Ed’s wife and three children. 

 

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NEW LOOK FOR ROXBURY YMCA PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS
Roxbury Preschool KidsAs part of the Blueprint for Child Achievement, we are ensuring that the built environments for children's programs encourage learning. Thanks to the support of the Franklin Square House Foundation, the Roxbury YMCA’s preschool classrooms received a much needed refresh including a new secured entrance, tinted windows, new carpet and furniture and newly painted classrooms.

High quality preschool programs provide spaces that encourages creativity and provides dedicated zones for art, reading, quite time and play.

Each day 46 toddlers and preschoolers participate in early education programs at the Roxbury YMCA focused on developing the emotional, language and cognitive skills so they can enter kindergarten ready to succeed.



ANNUAL EAST BOSTON Y BREAKFAST SENDS 40 KIDS TO CAMP
East Boston Y Breakfast 2014Every spring the East Boston Y hosts a community breakfast as the culmination of its Annual Campaign. The breakfast attracts close to 500 attendees from East Boston’s civic, social and business community.  This year's event was hosted bySenator Anthony Petrucelli and former Senate President Robert Travaglini, both longtime advocates of the East Boston Y and featured General Board member and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC) Kate Walsh as the featured speaker.

In addition to raising money for Y scholarship, the breakfast is used as the vehicle to send local children to Y overnight camp in New Hampshire. Thanks to the generosity of so many contributors, the East Boston Y will send 40 children to camp this summer. 

To make a gift to your local Y, please visit our website.


YMCA CAMPING SERVICES HOSTS FIRST HERITAGE CLUB RECEPTION

The YMCA Camping Services branch held its inaugural Heritage Club dinner on March 27. Thirty-three people were in attendance for what is hoped to be an  annual event. The evening included sharing fond memories and stories of camp experiences with new and old friends. The YMCA’s Heritage Club includes people who have made an outright donation for the  Camp Endowment Fund, or have agreed to include a donation to Camp in their estate planning. The event last month included representatives from all three resident camps, spanning many decades.

The Endowment Fund to benefit camp was established in 1986 and has received over 30 gifts since its inception. In the past six months alone, 12 new families have signed on to become Heritage Club members to benefit camp. In accordance with the Y's policy, approximately 4% of the fund balance each year is spent on facilities and general maintenance at the resident camps.


For more information about the Camp Heritage Club or to make a pledge to the endowment fund, please contact Kathryn Davids.

 

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YMCA'S HEALTHY KIDS DAY TO BE CELEBRATED IN BOSTON
Jumping KidsOn Saturday, April 26, the Greater Boston Ys are holding a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active.YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day® , the Y’s national initiative to improve families’ health and wellbeing, features games, an obstacle course and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.      


Times and locations for YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day events in the Greater Boston area are available online


HUNTINGTON AVE YMCA PLANS COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE
Summer Pool Black Boy with Two Black Girls in Background.jpgWith the first phase of renovations at the historic Huntington Avenue YMCA nearing completion, we are excited to preview the updated space for our current and new members, friends and neighbors.


The Huntington Avenue Y is planning a Community Open House on Saturday, April 26, in conjunction with YMCA's Healthy Kids Day. Staff will be on hand to lead tours of the renovated facility and to answer questions about Y programming and memberships. The new Huntington Avenue Y will open its afterschool and teen center, along with health and wellness program space, in early May.

Please visit our website for additional information and updates. 


YMCA MARATHON TEAM PREPARES FOR RACE DAY
Ystrong 2014With less than a week to go until Marathon Monday, we are proud to announce that the YMCA of Greater Boston 2014 Boston Marathon Teamhas already surpassed its fundraising goal of $40,000. Despite reaching this milestone, our runners are continuing to secure donations in support of teen programming at our Ys. Learn more about our team and how you can support them on our website.

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