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Kevin Washington President & CEO YMCA of Greater Boston 316 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02115 617-927-8125 | Email
JCPenney AWARDS $25,000 FOR Y AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS Thanks to a $25,000 grant to the YMCA of Greater Boston from jcpenney, 70 low-income Boston families will receive financial assistance to attend an afterschool program at their school or local Y. These are families who are at risk of dropping out of our programs without financial assistance or who are not enrolled in the program at all because of cost.
In our afterschool programs, young people will cultivate the values, skills and relationships, and have an extra support system that encourages them to achieve success. Nationally, jcpenney has supported YMCA afterschool programs since 1999. jcpenney awards financial aid grants to Ys across the country making life-enriching afterschool programs accessible for working families.
Y REACHES RECORD NUMBER OF TEENS IN 2012
CJ, a teen involved in programs at the Huntington Avenue YMCA, credits the Y with helping increase his self-esteem and teaching him to set high expectations. He told us:
"The only person that's stopping you from your goals is yourself, is what I've learned at the Y. During the Colorado mountain climbing trip last summer there were challenging times when we thought we 'couldn't' do something. But with keeping a positive mindset and pushing ourselves, we actually accomplished our personal goals and even the goals of the organization by hiking 12,200 feet above sea level, breaking the record for an urban hiking team."
We are proud to announce that with a focus on college and career, community service, leadership and character development, teen directors across the Association delivered on the Y's goal and commitment to serve more teens in Greater Boston as outlined in the framework "The Y Works for Teens" Agenda. Some of the major highlights of 2012 include:
2,100 teens participate in Y programming.
173 teens involved in leadership programs, including 5 in attendance at state leadership rallies.
580 teens participated in Safe Dates curriculum; 26 staff trained to deliver curriculum. $40,000 in grants obtained in support of Safe Dates, which became a model program for Y-USA.
532 teens employed at the Y during the summer of 2012; for 75%, this was their first job.
276 teens in Y academic achievement programs.
LIVESTRONG AT THE YMCA CONTINUES TO THRIVE Since 2009, the YMCA of Greater Boston has joined with Ys across the country in a national partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation to offer a small group-based fitness program that helps adult cancer survivors at all stages of diagnosis and treatment reclaim their health. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA creates caring communities amongst cancer survivors, and guides them through a safe physical activity program designed to build stamina, strength and stress resilience.
Support this year from CVS Caremark is allowing us to expand LIVESTRONG at the YMCA from two sites at the Charles River and West Roxbury YMCAs, to four, adding new sites at our Ys in Chinatown and Waltham. This expansion enables us to participate in a national research study conducted by Yale University Medical School and Dana Farber, that will have implications on how this program is run at Ys across the country and how the Y in general can better support those with a cancer diagnosis.
OAK SQUARE YMCA IS TREND SETTER IN Y FITNESS CLASSES With the Association's largest population of young adults, the Oak Square Y is a trend setter in group exercise, offering the most robust schedule and up to the minute fitness classes including:
X-Camp combines TRX Suspension Training with kettlebells for the ultimate bodyweight training
Nitro TRX Bootcampis a classic bootcamp technique of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) with TRX movements
Plyo-HIIT- plyometrics meets high-intensity interval training
WE HEAR YOU! Thank you to the members who took the time to complete and comment on our recent Member Experience survey. We received a lot of good feedback and suggestions on how the Y can improve your member experience. Based on the survey results, the Y will be focused on the following issues across the Association: facility cleanliness, convenience and quality of group exercise classes, and member engagement.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: BETSY BURNETT Betsy Burnett served for 10 years as the Chair of Mintz Levin's national Litigation Department, and is a partner in the Firm's Boston office. Betsy is an experienced trial lawyer with a special expertise in business fraud, high technology/trade secret, corporate governance, and fiduciary duty matters. Betsy is a Massachusetts Super Lawyer, and is nationally recognized by Corporate Counsel Magazine as one of the "Top Attorneys in Business Litigation in the United States."
Betsy is an elected Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America and in 2012 was honored in several areas of her practice in The Best Lawyers in America. Betsy writes and lectures frequently on corporate governance issues, and recently authored a chapter in The World's Foremost Authorities on Corporate Government & Compliance.
Betsy joined the YMCA of Greater Boston General Board in 2002. She has been elected a Vice Chair for 2013 and has been appointed Chair of the Nominating & Board Development Committee of the General Board.
U.S. BANCORP FOUNDATION SUPPORTS YMCA TRAINING, INC. YMCA Training, Inc. staff were proud to welcome Lena Altomare, Karen Bear, Arthur MacDonald and David Massa to their training center. Last month, the leaders from U.S. Bancorp Foundation visited YMCA Training, Inc. to present a $10,000 grant in support of its highly acclaimed job training program. This was the foundation's first donation to a non-profit organization in the Boston area this year.