IMPACT Magazine issue 7 Spring 2013
Peninsula YMCA IMPACT Magazine seventh edition, Spring 2013
LIFE LESSONS LEARNED AT CAMP Experiences for living life HEALTHIER BEHAVIORS IN THE MAKING 5210 leads a family down the path to better health (cover) BRIGHTNESS & A RAY OF HOPE 10 years after shopping with Bright Beginnings PROGRAM SCHEDULES Spring II Season: April 29 - June 16, 2013 Register beginning April 15, 2013 Summer Season: June 17 - September 1, 2013 Register beginning June 3, 2013 ISSUE 7, SPRING 2013 1. PENINSULA METROPOLITAN YMCA LEADERSHIP TEAM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Danny Carroll CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER Tom Carnevale CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Sandy Young HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER Davetta Rinehart REGIONAL EXECUTIVE M.J. Anderson MEMBERSHIP & PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Paul M. Anderson LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Kim Moser DIRECTOR OF ASSOCIATION ADVANCEMENT Leslie Bryant IMPACT MAGAZINE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Melanie Erickson, Marketing Director PROGRAM CATALOG Kathy Baba, Graphics & Marketing Associate PHOTOGRAPHERS Kathy Baba, Marcus Downey CONTRIBUTORS Kathy Baba Leslie Bryant Jonathan Frith TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST Nancy Byrum CONTACT 757 223 7925 peninsulaymca.org A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO At the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. You’ll find our staff are committed to our cause and engage our members, volunteers and program participants in it. In this edition of IMPACT, you’ll read how the new Y program, 5210 (5-2-1-0), is helping one family work together to be healthier; about how our resident camp, Camp Kekoka, is influencing a young lady’s future; and how a Bright Beginnings recipient from 10 years ago is now giving back to those who helped her. The Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA publishes IMPACT magazine three times annually to share the charitable mission of the Y through stories that inspire, educate, and demonstrate the remarkable results of Y programs and staff in the lives of our members and in the communities we serve. Included in the magazine is the pull-out Program Schedules, a comprehensive list of programs offered in your community. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of IMPACT magazine. We sincerely look forward to serving you, TELL YOUR Y STORY... Send your Y stories to: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Danny L. Carroll, CEO Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA IMPACT magazine is produced three times annually by the Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA. The Y is a diverse organization of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are deductible for income tax purposes to the extent provided by law. IN THIS ISSUE 4 COVER STORY 6 YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Life Lessons 4 HEALTHY LIVING Healthier Behaviors 6 YMCA CAMP FORT MONROE The ultimate summer vacation! Fun! It’s in our nature! Kids have the best summer at YMCA Camp Fort Monroe. Days are filled with boating, fishing, crabbing, biking, nature exploration, beach games, sports, and team building. . .and all presented around the values of caring, honesty, respect & responsibility. Kids grow in confidence, ability and character while having a great summer experience on the historic grounds of old Fort Monroe. YMCA-trained camp counselors are role models for youth and teens (rising 4th – 9th grades). This summer day camp serves the Virginia Peninsula communities of Hampton, Newport News, and York County. LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE — CALL TODAY! SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY Brightness 5 5 PROGRAM SCHEDULES PULL-OUT FUN! IT’S IN OUR NATURE YMCA CAMP FORT MONROE The ultimate summer vacation! 3. Harvesting melons grown in the camp garden. Sitting on the dock of the bay! LIFE’S LESSONS LEARNED AT CAMP By Melanie Erickson Keyarna (Keke) works all year long to do everything possible so she doesn’t lose the privilege to attend Camp Kekoka. “I really look forward to camp each year; I love spending time in and on the water, and I don’t have much access to that here in the city,” smiles Keke, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia. The YMCA and the Alexandria Police Youth Camp have partnered to provide the chance of a life-changing experience for kids from inner-city Alexandria to rural Smithfield. “All the kids have equal opportunities to benefit from what we offer at camp,” states Cassie Leichty, Camp Director. “Kids come from all four corners of the United States to attend our camp. A lot of them, even from right here in Newport News and Hampton, have never had the chance to sail, fish, tube, sailboard, or ride in a boat. Camp pushes the comfort levels for many kids, but with each new thing they try, you can quite literally see them grow. I think the biggest benefit they walk away with is more self-confidence. And, because we use values-based programming, we see the kids weighing possible consequences against decisions to do the right thing.” 4. “I’m 14 and have gone to Camp Kekoka for three years now,” explains Keke, “so I can come for one more year, and then I’ll be too old. But I would love to come back and be a counselor because I think I would like to work with kids somehow as an adult. I think it would be good experience and fun, too!” Keke’s mom, Bebe, says, “Keke really looks forward to camp each year; it’s given her a sense of community that I don’t think she would have if she hadn’t had the chance to go to camp. She comes home tired from the week of fun, but she talks on and on about who she met this year, about the new things she got to try, and how good the food is. While she’s talking, my mind is thinking, ‘She has learned so much, look at how confident she is, what a wonderful opportunity this is for her.’ I think the best thing about Camp Kekoka is it offers the opportunity for kids to grow — both by trying new things and by helping them to realize that the choices you make every day affect you as a person and your future.” Photography by Marcus Downey Finding just the right shoes for fit and style. The end of a really successful shopping trip. BRIGHTNESS & A RAY OF HOPE by Melanie Erickson Alexis jogs up to join the group of other volunteers waiting on the curb, anticipating the arrival of the Y bus. It’s Bright Beginnings shopping day, and she can’t wait to meet the child she will spend the next couple of hours with. The group turns as the sound of kids’ voices reaches them. The kids on the bus are yelling a cheer with Y staff who know the excitement will help ease the expected nervousness of meeting their volunteer. and being approached by Connie Chapman, who is a Y staff person there,” recalls Denise. “She was so nice and just quietly said something like: ‘Forgive me if I’m wrong, but we have a program that you might be interested in.’ The rest is history. Alexis and her brother both shopped for school clothes with volunteers that year. I was so very grateful. A huge burden was lifted from me, just when I really needed help.” “Shopping with Bright Beginnings is really special to me,” begins Alexis, “because ten years ago, I was one of these kids. It was summertime, and I was 9 years old; my mom had just been diagnosed with a serious disease; I remember being so worried about her. And then one day she told me that I was going to get to go shopping for school clothes. I was so excited; it felt like a little bit of normal again.” “Whenever we can, both Alexis and I love to come back and help with Bright Beginnings.” Denise continues, “Alexis couldn’t wait until she was 18 and old enough to shop with the kids. This year she told me about this wonderful, rambunctious little boy that she got to shop with.” “He was running all over the store,” begins Alexis. “My favorite parts were helping him pick out shoes – we must have tried on every style they had – and then at the dressing room, when he would pop out with such a big smile on his face.” “I’ll be forever grateful for that initial act of kindness,” Denise states. “I’m forever grateful for the Y.” “That was a horrible time for our family,” adds Alexis’s mom, Denise. “I felt bad, I was worried about my future and my family, the medical bills had really added up, I really couldn’t make ends meet anymore. I was in such a bad spot.” “I remember walking into the Y one summer day Photography by Kathy Baba 5. Jonathan Frith , School-Age program director, teaches Caroline and Tom how to read and understand food labels. Engaging kids in conversation helps to ensure learning. 6. Sara Duncan demonstrates stretching during warm-up for games. Photography by Kathy Baba HEALTHIER BEHAVIORS IN THE MAKING By Melanie Erickson “Tom’s a picky eater, and Caroline really likes television,” begins Dawn Neale, describing her two kids who both attend the Y’s School-Age child care program in Northumberland. “As a mom, you want your kids to be both happy and healthy. It takes constant reminders to ‘eat your dinner’ and ‘turn off the TV’; sometimes you just have to pick your battles. But I have to say, we have many fewer battles lately!” outside. We play soccer, basketball, football and ride bikes together, and on rainy days we plug in the WiiJust Dance game.” Dawn chuckles as she continues, “Tom will eat a carrot now, but still needs some ranch dressing to help it go down easier. But the point is, he is trying new things and asking for fruits rather than chips or sweets; he wouldn’t even try strawberries six months ago. And Caroline happily joins us in the yard Last fall, the Y implemented 5210 (5-2-1-0) in for family games. Both kids, in fact, all our family all School-Age child care programs. 5210 is part members, are more conscientious about choosing of a national initiative that the healthier option thanks encourages children to to this program. We are all eat five servings of fruits finding ways to be healthier “...the point is, he is trying new things & vegetables, have two together, and that gives us and asking for fruits rather than chips hours or less of screen something new in common, or sweets... - Dawn time, get at least one hour so we are growing stronger of exercise, and drink zero as a family as well.” sugary drinks every day. “I At the Y, we’re committed to the healthy really have to applaud the Y for this,” cheers Dawn. development and well-being of children; we want to “They have implemented a program that helps kids make it easy for busy families to eat well and get be actively involved in making healthy choices, and plenty of physical activity. because the kids are encouraged to ‘ask their parents for help,’ our entire family is now involved.” “Even grocery shopping has changed for our family. Both kids make a beeline for the produce section to show me the newest vegetable they’ve seen at the Y. As a family, we are doing a much better job at planning family time to spend together 7. NON-PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID PERMIT #78 ROANOKE, VA PENINSULA METROPOLITAN YMCA 41 Old Oyster Point Road Suite C, Newport News VA 23602 P 757 223 7925 peninsulaymca.org YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE The Y is the unparalleled cause for strengthening community, because we are the community. We are a powerful association of men, women, and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. Financial assistance keeps the Y available for kids and families who need us most. We count on the generosity of our members and community to help people of all ages and from all walks of life be more healthy, confident, connected, and secure. When you give to the Y, your gift will have a meaningful, 8. enduring impact right in your own neighborhood. Thank you to everyone who has participated in the 2012 Strong Communities annual giving campaign. You raised $1,128,115 and provided 83,693 opportunities for your neighbors to participate in Y membership and vital programs like child care, swim lessons and leadership development for teens. STRONG COMMUNITIES CAMPAIGN Annual Giving Program Financial statements of the YMCA are available upon written request to the Virginia Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.