August 2022 Newsletter

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STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA

NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2022

FEATURES: P.4 - VUELTA A EXPRESSO P.5 - COPING CORNER P.6 - MEET LOUIS ALTMAN P.8 - JELANI MEYER P.10 - ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN P.12 - BEING A 'Y KID' P.14 - YOUTH PROGRAMS P.16 - CELIE COLLINS P.18 - SPORTS AND FITNESS P.20 - AUGUST CALENDAR


No Joining Fee: August 1 - 6. SAW Tut oring: Free K- 12 online and in person t ut oring available! Go t o sawt ut oring.org t o sign up. See page 15. Ref erral Program: Guidelines on page 11. We're Hiring: We're hiring f or mult iple posit ions. Visit saymca.org/job- opport unit ies/

Adult Dance Clinic August 16, 17, and 19 7:00 - 8:00 PM 'Find Your Groove' Tuesday, August 16 Ballet Wednesday, August 17 Medit at ive Cont emporary Friday, August 19

Team Expresso: Let 's keep it up wit h weekly and mont hly Expresso Bike challenges! Coming soon: Vuelt a a Expresso - see page 4.

EXPRESSO RIDES OF THE WEEK

For Ride of t he Week updat es, check your email or our social media pages.

The POOL will be closed August 14 - 21 for annual cleaning and maintenance. You can: - Swim at the Waynesboro YMCA. If lap swimming, you will need to call and reserve a lane at 540- 939- 9622. Family swim and water aerobics classes can be attended. - Swim laps at Ironwood Pool, 9:30 - 11:00 AM Monday - Friday. This is available for LAP SWIM only.

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Choose a level and sign up online at expresso.com/challenge! Be sure to sign up before you begin the challenge.

The Vuelt a a Expresso begins August 19!

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COPING CORNER BACK-TO- SCHOOL By Bruce Blair, Ment al Healt h America of August a Excerpt adapt ed f rom Ment al Healt h First Aid ht t ps://www.ment alhealt hf irst aid.org Your children may be excited to return to school after a long summer. However, the new school year can come with new challenges. As a caring adult, parent or guardian, it can be difficult to know how to support children with this stressful and overwhelming transition. In a typical year, your children may face a new environment, new classmates and teachers, perhaps even a new routine altogether. These changes can be a lot to handle, which is why it?s important that adults who live or work with youth help them have a smooth transition back to school. Use these tips from the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum to support your children as they go back to school:

Ask your child?s teachers about how they are doing in the classroom and if additional support is needed. It is important to identify these challenges so you can offer support and facilitate appropriate help. Model healt hy habit s. The way you behave during challenging times models the behaviors that you want to show and teach your child. If you cope with stress in a healthy way, your child will learn to do the same. As we transition into a new school year, knowing how to recognize your children?s needs, talk to, and support them is vital.

Check in. Whether you?re having a conversation at dinner or talking to them while driving in the car, ask about how they are feeling. Encourage open and honest conversation and remind them that it is okay to ask for help. Est ablish a rout ine. Help them establish a routine through weekly planning check- ins that take into account your morning and nighttime routine, homework, chores and time to relax. Knowing what they can expect will alleviate some stress for young people. Collaborat e t o f ind solut ions. Sometimes, a young person who seems happy and relaxed at home acts differently outside the home.

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MEET LOUIS ALTMAN and passion, he is often excited to discuss what he worked on with the kids with his friends and family, whether it be crafts, a mental health chat, or "something silly like a Tug- Of- War game." With perspective and empathy, Altman's approach is influenced by his own childhood memories. "I go back to the times when I was a little kid and I try to be the counselor that I would've wanted to have," he said. "I feel fulfilled knowing that I'm making a difference and shaping these kids' lives in a good way." "My favorite thing about Louis is that he never gives up on the kids. He makes it known that he is there for them and pays attention to the small details," Ryder said. Altman continues to try to connect with every child, knowing how significant these relationships can be in the lives of children. "There's a camper that keeps to themselves and has trouble connecting with the other counselors," Montrell Shepherd, Summer Day Camp counselor, began to explain. "One day, we were getting on the bus to go to camp, and Louis was speaking to and interacting with [the camper] the whole time and through the rest of the day. At the end of the day, they said, 'This was the best day of my life!' It was so sweet to see how Louis was able to connect with them when no one else could." By Celie Collins Louis Altman has a "heart of gold." He was originally a volunteer at the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA but in December of 2021, a spike of Covid- 19 cases temporarily terminated volunteers from coming in to give their time. Elementary Program Director Andrea Ryder knew she needed to keep Altman on the Youth Development team. "All of us in Afterschool - kids and staff - loved Louis so much that I had to think of a creative way for him to come back," Ryder said. "But then it dawned on me: we needed him on staff." Altman shared that he feels fulfilled in service roles. "By nature, I'm a public servant. So, having something to look forward to with the kids every day gives me a purpose," Altman said. With pride 6

Shepherd and Altman met prior to working together as Summer Day Camp counselors. Both attend Mary Baldwin University and had been randomly assigned as roommates their sophomore year. "Due to Covid, I ended up doing my classwork online that year, so we didn't actually end up as roommates," Altman said. "He told me he took a job as a counselor this past spring, and I was excited! We have similar leadership styles. Our philosophy in our classroom is to have as much fun as possible without compromising safety and respect." Altman is about to embark on his senior year at MBU as a Criminal Justice major. He is completing an internship with the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program doing asset mapping. He looks at available services such as mental health services, food pantries, or mentoring services in


STAFF SPOTLIGHTS the community and identifies the locations and specialties of these services. "I've been tasked with focusing on doing this research in the adolescent field. Primarily, I've been looking at all the things available for children," Altman said. "It connects back to the Y because it helps me focus on our youth by working with them daily. Children are the most vulnerable population because the people that they need to stand up for them could be the people that are harming them. It makes me realize, working alongside children, how important it is to be a player in working and advocating for those who might not have a voice." Altman's education in Criminal Justice won't stop with his undergraduate degree. "I'm currently studying for the LSAT because I will be going to law school after senior year. [The internship] has given me a nice hands- on experience with the prosecutor's office because I'm considering the pros and cons of prosecution work and criminal defense," Altman said. His future pursuit has a significant influence on his approach to taking action and solving problems as a camp counselor. "I'm very introspective. I journal my experiences

and reflect on how I could have gone about or handled situations better," Altman said. "I look back at each situation and ask myself, 'Is what I did fair in the traditional sense of justice?' and 'What was the result? Did the kids understand the lesson I was trying to teach?'" Altman described his disciplinary process, starting with a deescalation followed by a restorative justice action, such as apologizing to a friend or having the child clean up their mess. "If there is ever a situation that he is unsure of, he seeks out input from others before he approaches the situation," Ryder said, identifying an important professional practice. For Altman, what started as a chance volunteer opportunity ended up shaping his educational path and passions. "I think working at the YMCA is a great opportunity for people to find their passion for different things," Altman said. "I had worked with children before assisting middle school basketball, so I knew I enjoyed working with kids and teaching them things. I didn't realize, at the time, working with kids is something that I would do until the opportunity presented itself. I would recommend that, if someone has an interest, that they volunteer at the Y and see what it's like."

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MEET JELANI MEYER

Summer Camp Sit e Direct or Prepares for Life- Changing Role By Dawn Medley Each position Jelani Meyer has taken on during his 22 years gives a glimpse into his multilayered personality. And, quite possibly, his future. As president of the Black Student Alliance while he was an undergrad at Mary Baldwin University (MBU), Meyer found his voice as a young activist and leader. As a recent graduate working in MBU?s Office of Alumni Engagement this summer, he demonstrated his ability to connect with and organize people from diverse populations. As a first- time Summer Camp Site Director in Weyers Cave for the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA, he became ?Mr. J,? a jovial, patient role model for dozens of kids. But his greatest role might be just over the horizon. By Christmas 2022, Meyer could be an organ donor, a genuine life saver. 8

?I?m just the kind of person who, if I can do it, I?m going to do it,? Meyer said, who has been undergoing regular health screenings for more than a year to ensure that he is able to donate a kidney to his diabetic stepfather. Meyer was in his sophomore year at MBU when the Covid- 19 pandemic began. A dedicated student from a young age, he did his best to focus on coursework from home in Washington, D.C., but he admits to feeling shaken when his great- grandmother died from the virus in April 2020. Then Covid nearly claimed the life of his stepfather, who was at higher risk of complications due to diabetes. He recovered, but the disease had further damaged his weakened kidneys. As Meyer returned to classes and deepened his involvement on campus, he watched his stepfather?s health continue to decline, including starting regular


dialysis sessions. When he realized how serious the health issues were, Meyer was tested and found to be a donor match in 2021. He met with counselors trained to make sure potential donors are ready for the potential risks of the surgery and lifestyle changes. He doubled- down on fitness efforts he started early in the pandemic, losing nearly 60 pounds and working to be in his best possible shape before surgery. Meyer was ready to move ahead with the procedure, but he would need to wait for his stepfather to reach the same decision. More than a year later, he continues to do just that, focused on the potential December surgery date given at his most recent appointment. ?For his young age, Jelani has a great balance of maturity and that youthful eagerness to absorb as much information and experience as he can. He is purposeful and intentional in his activities, ? said Mary Cohill Harvey, Associate Vice President for Engagement at MBU and Meyer?s supervisor in his position as a Program Fellow in the Office of Alumni Engagement. ?I was impressed, but not surprised, when he told me about his stepfather?s story and his willingness to donate a kidney for him,? she added. YMCA Childcare Director Andrea Ryder noticed

those same qualities when reviewing Meyer?s application for a summer camp position. ?Not only did Jelani meet the licensing requirements, but he also has a thirst for knowledge. He has gone above and beyond to inquire about any research or reading that he could do that would be useful for this line of work,? Ryder said. Fond memories of the kind and inspiring staff at his hometown Y and Boys and Girls Club led Meyer to look for a summer job at the SAYMCA in addition to his work at MBU. He?s determined to stay busy while he prepares to get started on a master?s degree in English at Georgetown University in the fall, taking his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in African- American Studies to the next level. Meyer?s peer coworkers at MBU and the YMCA recognize his drive to excel in any task he is given. The bright, easy smile that usually accompanies his actions doesn?t hurt, either. ?The day that he told me about his journey and how he wants to be an organ donor, I just had to tell my mom and friends all about it,? said Grace Habel, Weyers Cave Summer Camp Site Leader. ?He is just fun to work with, and an inspiration. Even if the kids don?t know about his plans, it is easy for them to look up to him.?

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ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN For a bet t er us.® We have reached our goal!! Thank you to all who contributed support!

An excit ing raf f le: In association with "Lending A Hand", Paul Obaugh Ford is raffling off a 2021 2- door Ford Bronco! The STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA is one of five charities who will be receiving a portion of the proceeds. There are only 1,000 tickets being sold at $100 per ticket. The SAYMCA will receive 20% of each ticket sold, which will go towards our mission programs. Tickets will be available at the SAYMCA front desk. Payments can be made via cash, check, or credit card. The raffle is open! The drawing will be held on October 31, 2022.

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REFER A FRIEND FOR A CHANCE TO WIN MEMBERSHIP REFERRALS HOW IT WORKS: If you refer a friend to the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA, and they join, then you are entered into a monthly drawing for a gift certificate from a local business. The friend must tell us at the time of sign- up who referred them in order for you to be eligible for entry into the monthly drawing. If you refer multiple friends, you will be entered in the drawing multiple times. 5 friends = 5 entries Drawings will be held on the last weekday of each month. The prizes will vary from month to month.

August Prize: Giftcard to The Depot Grille STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA 708 N COALTER ST, STAUNTON, VA 24401 540 - 885 - 8089

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BEING A 'Y KID' And The Impact s of Yout h Development Programs As Told By Cora And Family

recently been promoted to big sister, has been in summer and after school programs at the SAYMCA since. "Cora is always willing to help, whether it is with a counselor or another child in the program. Even when she is not asked, she cleans, helps, and plays with everyone," said Fauve d'Orvilliers, Summer Day Camp counselor and shift leader.

By Celie Collins What does it mean to be a "Y Kid?" The STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA offers several youth development programs, notably Afterschool Adventure Club, the Teen Center, Teen Spot Summer Camp, and Summer Day Camp.

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"Cora has thrived being at the Y. To me, being a 'Y kid' means that you display a positive attitude, treat others with respect and kindness, and leadership," said Elementary Program Director Andrea Ryder. "Cora not only welcomes her friends but new kids that have just joined. She has the natural ability to make them feel welcome in a new environment and easily befriends them. She comes in everyday with a positive attitude and is open to trying new activities. I've already offered her a job when she comes of age because I know she is destined to do great things!"

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"Where I grew up, there wasn't a Y. I was unfamiliar with all of the programs. I thought it was just a gym, but when I came to tour [the SAYMCA] I was very impressed," said Tiffany Foster, alongside Jon Foster. Afterschool and Summer Day Camp parents. "The basic function of Afterschool was very convenient, but it turned into a lot more," shared Jon Foster. "We were also excited about getting her involved in the community, and now we can't go anywhere without running into someone she knows because of the Y."

The word "pollinators," the difference between poisonous and venomous, other vocabulary words such as "herbivores" and "carnivores," and articulating the difference between sadness and confusion are all aspects of the conversations six- year- old Cora had with her family. Learning about the world surrounding us, the academics and experiences of it, conquering fears and building physical skill, and developing life skills such as interpersonal navigation have been a part of her every day all summer long.

Parents to two daughters, Tiffany and Jon enrolled daughter Cora in the 2021 summer program. Cora, who has just

Field trips have included the Frontier Culture Museum, Shenandoah National Park, an immersive entomology experience, Shenandoah Acres, and more. Cora was able to recall historical, science, safety, and nature lessons from her experiences. She and the other campers have also gained exercise experiences through swimming opportunities, hiking opportunities, and organized games at her camp location. They have even


SPECIAL FEATURES worked on ways to cope with big emotions by crafting their own sensory aid. "It's called a 'Calm Down Bottle'," Cora explained. She and the other campers made their Calm Down Bottles themselves, which they can shake in order to help them release or refocus their energy when acknowledging their feelings. "We were having some corrective conversations at home, and there were some consequences because they didn't go great. [Cora] was upset, but then she says, 'I thought about my 'Calm Down Bottle', and everything is OK now.' Then, we had a really nice dinner and I was really proud of her," Jon explained. "I think they have some perfect social and emotional intelligence pieces and we've definitely noticed that," Tiffany said.

PERSONAL FEATS Many of the campers have success stories from the summer in which they have grown in or overcome a specific area. For Cora, her biggest success this summer has to do with her relationship with and skill in the water. "In the past, she had been very apprehensive in the water. But, I got a video from Ms. Fauve [d'Orvilliers] of [Cora] jumping in the water, which was absolutely a huge deal," said Tiffany. "I kept trying over and over, and every day I got better and better," Cora said. "Between this year and last year at the Y Summer Camp, she's gained some of that confidence, even down to playgrounds. She wouldn't even climb on things and now she's fearless," Jon said. D'Orvilliers worked with Cora over the school year to build up her confidence and comfort in the water. "I have mostly helped her out of her floats all the way to jumping in the pool by herself," d'Orvilliers said. This is just one example of the dedication to and bond with the campers seen all across the staff.

"The leadership has been really cool," Jon said, after describing d"Orvilliers and counselor Drew Morrell as "basically like Cora's surrogate parents." He continued, "That same kind of attitude and care is carried through everybody."

A SAFE SPACE FOR ALL A priority for the youth programs at the SAYMCA is to create a safe environment for diverse groups of children and teens. Youth Development and Program Director Eddie Santiago emphasized creating such environment in order for youth to comfortably explore new and familiar experiences. When asked what being a "Y Kid" means to him, he said, "It means being safe, having fun, and learning from mentors who may teach them things they might not otherwise learn in the home." The Youth Development staff fill hefty, yet crucial roles as leaders and mentors. "The care that the staff have is so valuable to us because we work. They know Cora so well and provide us with insight into her life that we wouldn't have otherwise," Jon said. Having grown up at the Y, when asked what being a "Y Kid" meant to Program Director Windsor Vaughn, she shared, "It meant having a safe space to go and it meant being exposed to different experiences and opportunities that I may not have been exposed to had I not been a Y kid." "There's a bunch of diversity at Camp and Afterschool - different age groups, different family backgrounds - and that's really cool." Jon said. "I like her interacting with different age groups and people that are different than our family," Tiffany said. So, what does it mean to be a "Y Kid"? For each child and teen, it's a personal experience. How each learns and grows will be unique to them, and continuing the momentum - sharing their experiences through their actions - defines the term for them. For Cora, it's growing in her experiences, relationships, and bravery and returning that kindness and leadership back to the world. "If you don't be kind, then they won't be kind to you," Cora stated, matter- of- factly. 13


Lit t le Kickers Soccer Introduction to the fundamental elements of soccer. Coached by local high school coaches and their players, Little Kickers will assist your child with developing the most basic skills used in soccer to prepare them for a more competitive league in the future. Players will receive individualized coaching based on their level of play, and will be grouped with other children who perform on a similar level. Register at the front desk. Ages 3- 5 Rat es Members: $60 Non- members: $75 Dat e and Time Saturdays, August 6 - September 17 (No practice Sept. 3) 9:00 - 10:15 AM Locat ion TBD Yout h Tennis With Chris Stambaugh Early Hit t ers Will teach the basics of tennis for ages 5- 8. Must pre- register at the front desk. Dat es and Times: August 11 - September 1 Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM Fees: $60 Members $75 Non- members Pre-Teen Tennis Will teach your pre- teen(s) intermediate tennis skills. Must pre- register at the front desk. Dat es and Times: August 10 - 31 Wednesdays, 4:30 - 5:30 PM Fees: $60 Members $75 Non- members Privat e Lessons 1 HR: $49 Members / $64 Non- members 30 Min: $25 Members / $40 Non- members Semi- Privat e Lessons Per person $35 Members / $50 Non- Members *If siblings, second person receives 10% off 14

Yout h Swim Tuesday/Thursday Group Lessons: September 6 - 29 Registration for Members: Aug. 10 at 5:00 PM - Aug. 31 Registration for Non- members: Aug. 11 - Aug. 31 October 11 - November 3 Registration for Members: Sept. 29 at 5:00 PM - Oct. 6 Registration for Non- members: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 Sat urday Group Lessons: September 10 - October 15 Registration for Members: Aug. 10 at 5:00 PM - Aug. 31 Registration for Non- members: Aug. 11 - Aug. 31 October 29 - December 10, no class Nov. 26 Registration for Members: Sept. 29 at 5:00 PM - Oct. 6 Registration for Non- members: Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 Group Lesson Fees: Members: $50 Non- Members: $65 Privat e Lessons Members: $22, second child $17 Non- members: $34, second child $29 Semi- Privat e Lessons Members: $15, second child $13 Non- members: $24, second child $22 Swim Clinic Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM Sept ember 12 - Oct ober 19 Member Registration: Aug. 17 - Sept. 6 Non- member Reg.: Aug. 18 - Sept. 6 November 19 - December 21 Member Registration: Oct. 19 - Nov. 1 Non- member Reg.: Oct. 20 - Nov. 1 January 9 - February 15 Member Registration: Dec. 21 - Jan. 5 Non- member Reg.: Dec. 22 - Jan. 5

YOUTH PROGRAMS


YOUTH Yout h Volunt eer Corps Are you tired of your children being a permanent arm?s length away from their phones or hibernating indoors glued to their TV? Do you want them to learn how to make a difference in their community while boosting their resume for college? Youth Volunteer Corps is a network of affiliates hosted by non- profit organizations, schools or individuals that offer youth ages 11- 18 the opportunity to serve their community. Registration forms are available at the Y front desk and at Shelburne Middle School and Staunton High School Guidance Offices. Cont act : Stephanie Mason at saymcayvc@gmail.com Fees: FREE

Helping St udent s t o Succeed

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Algebra I Geomet ry Algebra II Precalculus Calculus Hist ory/Civics Economics Spanish French

To regist er a st udent , send an email t o t ut oring@saymca.org or sign up at bit .ly/sawt ut oring Sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge Administered by the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA in partnership with Mary Baldwin University

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CELIE COLLINS Collins Develops New Professional Skills at Y Af t er Illness By Dawn Medley The lithe, petite figure enters at the back of the stage, arcing her limbs dramatically upward, then side- to- side, every inch from fingertips to bare toes in harmony. Bending and reaching with innate gracefulness, she weaves through other dancers and makes her way toward the audience. Celie Collins may have often been the smallest dancer in a production, but her mesmerizing movements filled any venue with artistry and substance. ?She?s better at dance than I will probably ever be at anything in my life,? said Chris Lassiter, former Marketing Director and Youth Volunteer Corps Coordinator at the STAUNTON- AUGUSTA FAMILY YMCA. If it wasn?t for a health crisis that began at age 19, Collins most likely would not have been interviewed by Lassiter and other Y administrators for the marketing assistant position in 2021. She now leads the department with an effective blend of savvy and sweetness. It?s hard to imagine that the Staunton native might never have discovered her gifts in a completely different kind of performance ? right at her hometown Y, where her craft includes photography, journalism, videography, social media posts, and more.

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In 2017, Collins was sailing through the pre- professional track at Institute for Dance (iDance), a studio in Williamsburg where she had been training for nearly a decade alongside her older sister, Maddie. Spending close to 35 hours a week in the studio practicing tap, jazz, ballet, contemporary, hip- hop, and other dance forms honed her talent into professional- caliber skill. ?She was the kind of dancer that I knew I could hand her anything, and she would do it beautifully,? said Lisa Carducci- Derringer, iDance Artistic Director and Director of The Movement Dance Company (TMDC), whom Collins worked alongside of as the assistant director and a choreographer for ?This Thing Called Life?, TMDC?s company show for 2022. In 2019, Maddie was studying kinesiology and dancing at James Madison University, and Celie had just secured her first professional contract and had plans to head to the West Coast. When unexplained physical symptoms sidelined her from almost all activity, she knew she needed to change course. Collins enrolled as a business major at Mary Baldwin University and tried to focus on earning her degree while dancing was on hold. Meanwhile, doctors worked to get to the root of issues that included digestive trouble and weight loss, whole- body tremors, brain fog, lightheadedness, and joint aches.


FIND YOUR "Y" ?I always planned to go to college ? I just thought it would be when my dance career was finished, not before it had started,? she explained. After a couple years and several challenging months, a diagnosis of celiac disease and learning to modify her diet helped Collins regain energy, weight, and start to rebuild her strength. She applied for the Y marketing assistant position in hopes of practicing what she was learning in MBU courses and building on a little administrative experience. ?When I came to the Y, I was 75 pounds. The Y actually saved my life, not only through professional opportunities that suited my needs but also health opportunities. The accessibility of the Wellness Center paired with my adjusted diet helped me become strong and healthy enough again to function, and now be an athlete again,? Collins said. ?It?s scary to think about where I would be if I didn?t find my way here.?

FROM MOVEMENT TO MARKETING ?She came in light years ahead of me in graphic design, in addition to experience in videography and social media. She was willing to just be a sponge and absorb everything else I could think to teach her,? Lassiter said. After a whirlwind year of instruction and elevating the Y?s internal and external communication platforms together, Lassiter had an opportunity to move in another professional direction. ?I had no doubts that Celie could absolutely handle anything that was asked of her, and she?d only get better as time went on,? he said.

strengthen our social media presence,? added Candace Martin, Associate Executive Director. Program Coordinator Windsor Vaughn explained that working with Collins was one of the many perks that she considered when making the decision to come back to a staff position at the Y earlier this year. ?I was excited to watch her creativity at work in advertising new programs, and knew I would have her encouragement to help me get things up and running,? Vaughn said. The pair teamed up this summer to offer three dance exploration clinics for adults ? one each in contemporary, ballet and groove/hip- hop ? drawing on Collins? training to expand the organization?s offerings. Lassiter?s final day on staff in January 2022 ended up being a snow day when the Y was closed to the public. Unnoticed in the dimly lit, quiet facility, he placed a handwritten letter on Collins? keyboard that reiterated his confidence in her to not only take the reins of the department, but to take marketing to new heights. It is a meaningful memento that Collins keeps in a pocket of her camera case, reading a few lines now and then when she needs a gentle nudge to press forward and rely on her training and skills. ?Every time I see the Y newsletter or a Facebook post, or get an email update about programming, I know that Celie is behind those efforts. It?s like I?m watching everything I said in that letter actually play out,? he said.

Just a few months after Collins stepped into her leadership role, SAYMCA Executive Director Josh Cole returned from a statewide Y directors? conference with kudos. ?The newsletter was a big hit,? he said. ?Many other directors were asking me how we put it together and snapping photos to send back to their staff.? ?She has addressed the need for making our marketing more inclusive to all aspects of the Y, and has gone above and beyond to help us 17


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FITNESS & WELLNESS Yoga 4 Cancer The Yoga For Cancer program follows a specialized yoga methodology designed to address the physical and emotional needs of cancer patients and survivors. Participants build community and support while engaging in classes that incorporate relaxation, breathing, and restorative poses as well as gentle poses and flows performed on a mat, with yoga props, and with the use of a wall. Classes are taught by certified yoga4cancer (y4c) instructor Melissa Anderson- Morgan with knowledge and awareness of the special needs of cancer patients and survivors. The SAYMCA is excited to be offering a monthly Yoga For Cancer program. Email Wendy Shutty at wendy@saymca.org if interested to be put on the list for September.

Rock Steady Boxing

Fees: $35 / Members $50 / Non- Members Regist er before the 1st of each month.

Aqua Yoga with Karen

Lift & Pump with Iris

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Registration for Get involved! Find Your Groove Swim Clinic opens. Check out Youth Volunteer Corps 7:00 - 8:00 PM Ballet for ages 11- 18. 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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Sign up t o t ut or Get ready for in our t ut oring September and program and help pick up the Group Fitness schedule your local at the Y. st udent s.

Need a break? Check out our pool, ping pong, and foosball tables.

Take a mental health screening at mha- augusta.org.

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YMCA Film Club 1:00 PM Multi- Purpose Room

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Ref er f riends t o join t he Y. You could win our ref erral prize.

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Theme Day: Whit e- Out Meditative Contemporary 7:00 - 8:00 PM

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26 YMCA Film Club 1:00 PM Multi- Purpose Room

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