Building Welcoming and Safe Communities
My younger son and I have been on a three-year journey to see a baseball game in each major league stadium prior to his September departure to college. With only four more stadiums to visit, he shared how cool our journey has been, and asked “what’s next?”
That made me pause and reflect. I began to compare our trek to our Y. And not just our Y – our global Y movement! For nearly 175 years, the YMCA has been on a journey to change the world and make a positive difference in both local and global communities. Now, as we look towards our next quest, we too are asking...
In 2018, Kevin Washington, the President and CEO of Y-USA, announced our national Y’s vision; a vision he entitled our Commitment to America: raising new generations of changemakers who are capable of creating communities we all want to live in.
Through this heightened focus on youth, each Y, including ours, will help young people grow into thriving adults who can transform communities into places where everyone feels welcome and safe…and has equal access to opportunity. This commitment provides direction, but it is not a prescription! How each Y, including our own, delivers on this commitment is ours to determine.
Under the leadership of our Chair Brian Daniels, your Board of Directors has been working for the past 6 months developing a new strategic vision for our Y that will ensure our long-term sustainability and viability. Built upon the foundation of Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, we too will focus on the changemakers of our future, surrounding them with the support and love of our families and our community, while providing them the opportunity to thrive and grow. This year’s Annual Campaign to raise money for Kids To Camp is one step along this amazing path.
Over the course of this year, I will be sharing more about our plans in hopes that you will join us in supporting our youth, our cause, and our Mission. Together, we can make a difference…like those of the past 175 years.
Thank you for your commitment to our Y.