As the Youth Development Program Manager, I oversee all of our youth programs including Day Camp, Afterschool, Adventure Guides and Child Watch. I get to see the enormous impact these programs have on our community. The North Oakland Family YMCA (my Y) is uniquely positioned to serve a very diverse population.
Some cool things that have happened here:
- For the past few years, we have partnered with Grace Centers of Hope to send children affected by homelessness to day camp. We are continuing that partnership again in 2019.
- We offer AT LEAST one free meal to every child in every program EVERY DAY. Bonus: We serve them meals rich in protein and nutrients to ensure they are getting what they need. We've also extended this program to Saturdays.
- We were able to scholarship 104 weeks of camp in 2018. This allows families an opportunity to send their children to a safe place where they are surrounded by a network of positive role models.
None of these super cool things would be possible without community investments and support. One hundred percent of funds invested in the Y are put back out into the community.
There are still gaps, though and the Y is on a mission to bridge them. Everything the Y does is in service of making us as individuals and a community better. With that in mind, I ask you to invest in the North Oakland Family YMCA today.