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Have you seen us in the media recently? You can catch up here:

Boston Globe: Editorial by Kevin Washington about Bullying

Reading Daily Times Chronicle: Burbank Y Pink Program

Boston Magazine: Fitness Professionals Recommend Breakfast Foods

SAMPAN: Wang YMCA Legacy Event



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Kevin Washington

Kevin Washington
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA  02115
617-927-8125 | email


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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
John G. Conley
Donald E. Conover

C. Michael Daley
David A. Damassa
Kevin A. Foster
John P. Fowler
David G. Fubini
Michelle W. Hecht
Professor Cornelius K. Hurley
Evelyn Kaupp
Robert E. Kenney
Teresa K. Koster
Maria Manning

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
Cynthia L. Strauss
Nancy Stuart
Tanisha M. Sullivan, Esq.
Alan W. Tuck
Kate Walsh
Frederick A. Wang
Faith S. Weiner
M. David Wilkins

Woman BikingThe YMCA of Greater Boston is pleased to announce it has been selected by YMCA of the USA to provide the YMCA's national Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) in Boston. DPP at the Y helps overweight adults at risk for Type 2 diabetes reduce their risk for developing the disease by making behavioral changes that improve their health, and could potentially save billions in future health care costs. The program is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Diabetes Prevention Program and is nationally supported by the Diabetes Prevention and Control Alliance (DPCA) and the CDC. Based on research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), DPP has been shown to reduce new cases of Type 2 diabetes by as much as 58%, nearly double the effectiveness of drug intervention.

Sun Life Financial has made a strong commitment to support DPP at the YMCA, which will be launched in spring of 2014.

DPP will serve as an important supplement to the Y Weight program, developed in partnership with Joslin Diabetes Center. Y Weight is designed to help individuals already diagnosed with non-insulin dependent diabetes learn to manage their disease through lifestyle changes.

We are pleased to announce that our Oak Square Y has received a $25,000 grant from Peoples Federal Savings Bank Charitable Foundation (a subsidiary of Peoples Federal Bancshares, Inc.) to provide financial assistance for YMCA programs to Allston/Brighton residents with disabilities. While we have gone to great lengths to ensure that the physical environment of the Y is welcoming and accessible to those with disabilities, we also understand that physical limitations are not the only obstacle that many face in joining the Y.

Partnership ProgramThis gift will also support the Partnership Program at the Oak Square Y, which consists of a corps of volunteers who work one-on-one with people who need assistance using the fitness machines and maneuvering through the building. These partnerships, many lasting years, create a bond of friendship and motivation that make using our facility a more welcoming experience for all. Our goal is not to design specific programs for people with disabilities, that isolate them, but to create the systems and supports that allow them to be a part of our YMCA community alongside able-bodied members. Through this process, we aim to create a culture of understanding and inclusion in our Y and throughout our community.



Roxbury Preschool in Halloween CostumesThanks to a $25,000 grant from Franklin Square House Foundation, the Roxbury Y is preparing to renovate three of its preschool classrooms. These renovations will help improve the quality of the educational experience we can provide to the children enrolled at the Roxbury YMCA. The physical environment of a preschool program is as important as the teachers in the classroom, since young children learn through hands-on experiences that often happen during play.

In addition to improving the classroom experience, the renovations will also help this site meet state standards as outlined in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), the state's assessment rating system, supporting the goals of the YMCA of Greater Boston's Blueprint for Child Achievement initiative.


Mayor at Dream Big Party
Event co-chairs Jack and Eileen Connors, joined Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Angela Menino, and Kevin Washington at the Dream Big Party.

Last month, nearly 300 supporters joined us in celebrating the work of the YMCA of Greater Boston at our Dream Big Party at the Mandarin Oriental. WBZ-TV News Anchor Lisa Hughes hosted the evening's program, which featured youth speaker David Lovett from the Dorchester YMCA and keynote speaker Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The evening culminated with a high-energy live auction, led by auctioneer John Terrio.

With the help of our sponsors and friends, the Y raised over $546,000 through this event to support programs for the over 30,000 youth we serve. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Mandarin Oriental for the Dream Happy Party on October 22, 2014.




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    Mo Cowan    David Fubini     Kate Walsh

Former United States Senator Mo Cowan, McKinsey & Company Director David Fubini, and Boston Medical Center CEO Kate Walsh have agreed to serve as the 2014-2015 Co-Chairs for the YMCA of Greater Boston's Board of Overseers.

"We are thrilled to have three high caliber individuals agree to serve as chairs," said Kevin Washington, Y President & CEO. "Each brings critical expertise in areas that are key to advancing the Y's strategic plan."

The Y's Board of Overseers consists of 15-20 leading civic and business people of Greater Boston who serve as ambassadors for the YMCA of Greater Boston and its mission to strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Board of Overseers will participate in an annual summit focused on strategic initiatives.


We are delighted to welcome two new members to our General Board of Directors: Donald E. Conover and Maria Manning.

Don ConoverDon Conover is owner of Conover & Associates, LLC, a strategic advisory firm. He is a senior business leader with expertise in the real estate and financial services industries, who held the position of as Executive Vice President at State Street Corporation from 2002 through 2012 and served in various leadership positions on internal committees during his tenure. Don previously held positions at several real estate investment firms in New York and Connecticut. He holds a bachelor's degree from Boston University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Maria ManningMaria Manning joined RSA, the security division of EMC, in 2009. She has held mulitple positions during her time with the company and is currently Finance Director and finance team liaison for a $2.6 million multi-year business and system transformation program. Maria is also the current president of RSA Women's Leadership Forum. Previously, she worked at Smith & Nephew, IBM/Mainspring, Polaroid Corporation, and Deloitte. Maria attended Wellesley College, MIT Sloan School of Management, and Babson College, and currently resides in Newton.

Don and Maria both joined the General Board of Directors in October, and we're looking forward to their contributions to our leadership team.