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When you give to the Y, you make a meaningful difference in your community.
The Y is there for those who need us. And for those who don't know they do. From career readiness to safe spaces, the Y is there for all of us.
You know the challenges that we face in our community. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. Playing outside has become a rarity. Face time happens through a phone. And instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow. But where society falls short, the Y - and donors like you -- step in. Together we make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and a huge impact on each individual we serve.
Your 2021 gift made a far more impactful difference than any of us could ever have imagined! Thank you. Here’s what you made happen!
Because of you, we were able to run successful (and CDC compliant) spring and summer camps that was made affordable to families by your gift. The kids were BEYOND delighted to make new friends and play together. They hadn’t done so in over a year.
Because of you, we were able to offer our RiseUP program over the summer and teach STEM based curriculum with 3rd and 4th grade students building working robots. They never would’ve had this opportunity without you and the Y.
Because of you, we got to bring back crucial swim lessons to our community youth and this particular gift is absolutely priceless as it brings joy and while literally saving lives.
Because of you, we launched our Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) program to navigate the complete reentry of these littles after being socially isolated for so very long. It’s been a huge challenge for some and this program has helped our staff navigate the challenges and provide coping tools in a safe environment for these small humans to readapt to society.
Because of you, we also started a Get up and Grow program in Los Alamos and Guadalupe. This wellness program is designed to combat the childhood obesity and Zoom School/computer bound life these kids have had to live for the past year and half. It is an outdoor FUN fitness curriculum with a strict ‘no screen’ policy and active play with peers.
Thank you for making so much possible for so many. Please take care of yourselves and one another.
Social Emotional Wellness (SEW): The Y is proactively addressing and responding to the behavioral challenges in after school, camp and childcare settings. We are training staff to specifically address the current ‘pandemic’ of mental wellness for our youth. These students are struggling to reintegrate into the social constructs of school and society in general after the past 2 years of uncertainty. Their behavior is manifesting in numerous acts of violence with each other and meaningless acts of vandalism on a scale never witnessed before in our community. CALM is training dozens of our staff with mental and emotional coping tools to better care for and address behaviors with hundreds of children our Y staff work with every day on several different school campuses and at the Y.
RiseUP: These kids are now more in the shadows and at higher risk of gang involvement and dropping out of school than ever. We will continue to bring them in, handpicked by their principals, and provide them with an educational experience and a ‘bridge’ into the Hancock College Bulldog program to secure the educational futures, no matter the odds.
Y Preschool: The Y is offering scholarships and quality, licensed preschool care so families may go back to work and know their littles are cared for, educated and safe. Many preschools closed during the past 2 years due to the unpredictability of the pandemic and the more expensive cost of safe childcare due to staff shortages and strict CDC guidelines, limiting the number of children served.
When School is out, the Y is ‘IN’: Not only do families need safe care when their children are not in school, even the School districts need help with camps in a major way. We have been approached to provide winter/spring and summer care for hundreds more students than usual due to parental need and lack of school capacity. We are partnering with 3 school districts to help determine how best to care for our students during school breaks and how to assist with the even broader educational ‘gap’ these students are experiencing due to this pandemic.
Because of you we can offer financial scholarships to those who need us the most. And boy do they! Thank you for making so much possible for so many. Please take care of yourselves and one another. Our community is resilient, and together, we can mend the rendered fabric of families’ lives and create a stronger net for all.
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