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News From the Y

YMCA Summer Camps Rely on Fundamentals

YMCA summer camps have been around for more than a century, and they still provide the basics — the archery, canoeing, crafts and obstacle courses — that the organization believes kids need to grow into adults who appreciate and love the outdoors.
Associated Press

Bethune-Cookman, YMCA Team Up to Get Kids Reading

In a school where only 29 percent of third-graders read at grade level, an afterschool reading program works to address this gap.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

YMCA Pilot Program Found to Boost Skills Students Need to Learn

YMCA of the USA is expanding a pilot afterschool program designed to close the achievement gap for low-income children, following early signs that students are gaining the skills and motivation they need to do well in school.
Education Week

'Tis the Season to Develop Volunteer Habits for Life

During the holidays, most families look for opportunities to be together. Children are out of school, vacation plans are in place and the road trips, football, food, music and traditions make it a perfect time to connect with others. There is another “tradition” that can add to the magic of the holidays: volunteering.
ParentToolkit.com

RYE YMCA Members Come Together to Benefit Sharing Shelf in Port Chester

Organized by the Y’s Togetherhood committee, volunteers donate new or gently-used seasonal clothing for babies, children and teens during a day of service. 
Rye Patch

Roanoke Second-Graders Learn about Water Safety with YMCA's Safe Splash

Seven-year-old Shakira Smiley was sopping wet, but beaming from ear to ear. She, along with 100 elementary school children, took part in a program aimed at teaching safety skills for when in and around water. 
The Roanoke Times

Blog Feed

Smoothie 101

(photo credit: Thinkstock/Collection: Wavebreak Media) 

I just bought my first ever blender. Crazy, right? I’ve been having a hard time getting fruit and vegetables into my diet recently so I figured making a smoothie a day would be the perfect solution.  more

Words that Move Us

"One of the best things for me about the Downtown Writers Center, besides bringing the community together, is being able to be brought out of my shell..."

This Week, guest blogger, Eric Hutchinson, shared how Exercising Your Creativity can boost your communication skills and help develop relationships. We wanted to follow up a couple of days later and put one of our budding poets, Josh Baker, on your radar. Not only did this guy join the Y and take an arts & humanities class up in Syracuse, New York at the Downtown Writers Center, but also he picked up his camera and put together a story about how the Y helped benefit his life and brought him closer to his community.  more

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