President's Newsletter August 2014

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NECN, Boston Globe and Boston Globe Editorial: Teen Credit Recovery Program at East Boston Y

 

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Kevin Washington
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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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SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM WELCOMES MAYOR MARTY WALSH
Summer Foods 2014Children at the East Boston Y's Ashley Street location welcomedBoston Mayor Marty Walsh and YMCA of Greater Boston President & CEO Kevin Washington during a special lunchtime visit earlier this month. The Y's lunch program, which is part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), ensures that children who receive free breakfast and lunch at school remain well fed during the summer months. The East Boston Y is the local program sponsor, managing 9 sites in East Boston and another 26 sites across the city, including 16 YMCA locations. Project Bread, in partnership with Partners HealthCare, supported this summer's program with a grant to help expand to additional sites. In the month of July, the Y served 90,000 meals - a combination of breakfast, lunch and snacks. 

Pictured above from left to right with the children are: Kate Millet, Office of Nutrition Programs, Mass Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; Y President & CEO Kevin Washington; Gary Gottlieb, President & CEO of Partners HealthCare; Matt Fishman, Partners HealthCare Vice President of Community Health; Mayor Marty Walsh; and Ellen Parker, Executive Director of Project Bread. 


NEW VIDEOS CAPTURE LIFE AT Y'S OVERNIGHT CAMPS
Boys Wearing Life JacketsThis year's camp season is winding down, but we're not ready to say goodbye to summer yet. We're still watching these recently completed videos that highlight the value of the experiences and skills learned by the youth who attend the Y's North Woods Camp for Boys and Pleasant Valley Camp for Girls on Lake Winnipesaukee year after year.


LIVERPOOL SOCCER COACHES OFFER CLINIC FOR Y YOUTH
Liverpool SoccerCoaches from the Liverpool Football Club (LFC) took time out from their Boston visit to face AS Roma at Fenway Park last month to teach soccer fundamentals to our campers from the West Roxbury and Charles River YMCAs. Techniques were taken directly from the Reds' Academy, a development program for young athletes in Liverpool and were overseen by LFC coaches. After the sessions, children took home a training ball, bag, medal and signed certificate. A special thanks to Dunkin' Donuts for sponsoring this event.
 

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ANDREA BAEZ NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DORCHESTER YMCA
Andrea BaezWe are pleased to announce a new addition to our executive staff with the recent hire of Winthrop resident Andrea Baez to fill the role of Executive Director at the Dorchester YMCA.  

A six year YMCA veteran, Andrea is an experienced Y leader who excels in budget oversight, staff development and recruitment, partnership building, program development and innovation. In her former role as the Director of Operations at the Roxbury YMCA, Baez effectively positioned the branch as a partner in the community which in turn brought $6,000 in new donations.


Previously, Baez served as the Regional Director of Early Education and Youth Resource for the YMCA of Greater Boston while working with the Association Task Force for Children in developing the best practices to strengthen quality programming. In three short months, while serving as the interim executive director of the Roxbury Y, Baez successfully created a college preparation track for teens and exceeded membership goals each month by five percent of the budgeted goal.


CLASSES TO COMBAT DIABETES LAUNCH IN SEPTEMBER

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is now available in Boston!

Man with VeggiesClasses Begin at the Roxbury YMCA: 

  • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    6:30-7:30 p.m.

Classes Begin at the East Boston YMCA

  • Monday, September 29, 2014
    12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014
    6:00-7:00 p.m.

The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is an evidence based approach, based on CDC and NIH funded studies, that has proven to help pre-diabetic individuals reduce their risks for developing Type 2 diabetes, and the myriad of health complications associated with this disease.

In a small group facilitated by a trained Y Lifestyle Coach, participants learn about healthy eating and behavior change strategies, while working to reduce their individual weight by at least 5 to 7 percent and increasing moderate physical activity by 150 minutes per week. Research shows that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program that encourage small lifestyle changes can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent and 71 percent in those over the age of 60. The yearlong evidence-based program meets weekly for the first four months and then monthly for the next eight months. 

To find out if you are at risk for developing diabetes and to learn more about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, visit ourwebsiteemail us or call 617-927-8077.

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BOSTON FINANCIAL DATA SERVICES STAFF ENGAGE WITH YOUTH AT PONKAPOAG OUTDOOR CENTER
Boston Financial Data at PonkapoagThirteen employees from Boston Financial Data Services volunteers atPonkapoag Outdoor Center, located in the Blue Hills Reservation, earlier this month. Volunteers led activities from arts and crafts to soccer, from the gaga pit to Marco Polo in the pool. Through their help, kids at Ponkapoag interacted with positive adult role models other than their parents and learned that others in the community care about their well-being. 

 

YMCA SHARED SERVICES WELCOMES 3 NEW MEMBERS
Adults Spelling YMCAThe YMCA of Greater Boston is pleased to welcome the YMCAs of Providence, Hartford, and New Britain-Berlin, CT to YMCA Shared Services.  Collectively, 16 Ys and 65 branches work to together to joint purchase and leverage their buying power to ensure the Ys have the resources they need to support individuals and families who may need scholarships, reduced fees and other benefits to participate in Y programs or services. If you're interested in learning more about YMCA Shared Services, please contact Paul Slovin.

 


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