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June 2022

Updated: Aug 1, 2022

I am mindful of the Y’s place in our society to help bring compassion, support, and empathy in impossible times like these. Our Y plays a critical role in Early Childhood Education and Enrichment – from students to teachers – and the incredible amount of responsibility that comes with that role. Each day we are charged with nurturing the development of countless children, teens, counselors and teachers. We do that through our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility – and now more than ever, our communities, our nation and our world needs more of it.

Over my now 26 years with the YMCA movement, I have had the privilege to see firsthand the joy and wonderment that summertime brings for youth, teens and families of all constitutions. I am also reminded of the purpose of this organization, which is to serve ALL and enrich the quality of their lives spiritually, mentally, physically, and socially. With our Mission Statement as our guide, we aspire daily to serve all through inclusive program design and delivery, making our buildings welcoming and accessible to all and to let everyone we encounter know they matter.

This summer, and every day of the year, we strive to help build positive lifelong memories for all Y members, program participants and volunteers by making people feel seen, validated, respected, and included.


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