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STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY CASINO ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER STAKEHOLDER UPDATE

AUGUST 2016

MY Y STORY: RICARDA LEARNING TOGETHER Ricarda first learned about the YMCA through taking GED and English classes at the Y’s Casino Road Community Center. The Y’s free child care allows her to focus on improving her English, reading, and math skills. Through advancing her own education, Ricarda wants to achieve more in her new country and be able to help her kids with homework. There’s something else she wants for her kids: to learn to swim. Growing up in Mexico, Ricarda never learned to swim. This wasn’t a problem until she had her children. “Last summer we went to the lake, and Angie liked to play in the water, but I wouldn’t let her swim,” said Ricarda

With support from the Y’s Annual Campaign, Ricarda and her family are now YMCA members and visit regularly. Her daughters are now taking swim lessons. And, Ricarda taking lessons, too, so she can keep up with them. “The Y has done a lot for me,” said Ricarda.

IN THIS ISSUE: • MY Y STORY: RICARDA • CRCC NAME CHANGE • IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS • CALL FOR SUPPORT • CRYDC ADVISORY GROUP & EMBAJADORES DE LA YMCA • ALICE MARTIN FAMILY FUND • 5 YEAR CELEBRATION Our first-ever adult swim lesson session in Spanish featured on the cover of La Raza newspaper.


IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS 88%

Percentage of Horizon Elementary students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.

1,037

Different Individuals impacted by the Y’s CRCC and outreach programs the last 12 months.

11

Participants in our first-ever adult swim lesson session in Spanish.

17

Number of MAP participants who’ve gone on to work at the YMCA.

3

$595K

187

$238K

Key community partners in the newly formed Casino Road Adult Education Academy: Edmonds Community College, Goodwill, and the Y.

Lifetime additional earnings of a college graduate compared to a high school graduate. Number of different families, representing 852 individuals, who’ve become facility members of the Mukilteo Family YMCA through our special Casino Road pricing since October 2015.

Amount of direct financial support the YMCA provides the CRCC and outreach programs each year.

CRYDC CHANGES NAME TO CASINO ROAD COMMUNITY CENTER Something remarkable happened in the five years since we opened the Casino Road Youth Development Center: We became a place where families come to learn, grow, and have fun. After our initial year of serving 6-18 year olds through our drop-in Youth Center, we quickly learned that, to serve youth, we needed to serve their entire families. We began running English as a Second Language Classes (ESOL), and formed a partnership with Seattle Goodwill. For the past three years, Goodwill and the Y have served more than 100 different new immigrants looking to improve their English, and for the past year we’ve run a Play & Learn Group for parents. In addition, through our dedicated volunteers, Miriam and Jose Vargas, we’ve offered Spanish-language GED classes for over a year, with many students achieving their GEDs. Last spring, our Y formed a new partnership with Edmonds Community College (EdCC), who will offer upper level and Family Life ESOL classes. Together, Goodwill, EdCC, and the Y will serve more than 300 different adult students in 2016. Because we’ve truly become a place where all people can work to achieve their highest potential, our Board of Directors, the Casino Road Advisory Group, and Embajadores de la YMCA volunteers determined that it was time for a new, more accurate name. From now on, we’ll be known as the Casino Road Community Center. With your help, we’ll serve many more kids, teens, adults, and families in the future.

GED Instructors Miriam and Jose Vargas and Y Volunteer Marta Dolce celebrate with our recent graduates.

CALL FOR SUPPORT We need your help! The CRCC is looking for volunteers to provide child care during English Language and GED classes, mentor youth through MAP or Casino Road Scholars, and give donations of meals, board games, books, and arts and crafts supplies. To donate your time or items, contact CRCC Director Alex Costumbrado at acostumbrado@ymca-snoco.org or 425 493 2435. We are also looking for volunteers to oversee, guide and support our work. If you’re interested in serving on our Casino Road Advisory Group or Embajadores de la YMCA, or contributing to the Alice Martin Family Fund to support Casino Road programs, contact Cory Armstrong-Hoss at carmstronghoss@ymca-snoco.org or 425 493 2414.


Y CASINO ROAD ADVISORY GROUP

EMBAJADORES DE LA YMCA

Two groups of dedicated volunteers guide our work serving the greater Casino Road community:

Alice Martin Family Fund Established by dedicated Y volunteers Patricia Martin and Dave Eckert, this endowment Fund is in honor of the late Alice Martin, with all annual interest benefiting our Casino Road programs in perpetuity.

Chair: George Kosovich Verdant Health Commission Philanthropy Chair: April Wolfe Boeing Company Members: Charles Mackin Mukilteo Police Department Patricia Martin Consultant

MAP gave me the opportunity to learn more myself that’s not about school learning. I’d like to get a job and many of my friends have jobs with the YMCA.

Suzanne Poppema Volunteer Travis Langham Boeing Company

Facilitator: Sandra Huber Members: Arcadia Yanez Carolina Rosas Catalina Angel Consuelo Ledesma Katie Boyle Liliana Sprague Maria Behrens Maria de Jesus Diaz Miriam Vargas Ricarda De La Lus Sandra Carrera Veronica Martinez Yuri Jensen Rene De Los Santos Tami Farber Dan Powell Cory Armstrong-Hoss

I come to MAP because of the many options that are available besides programs at MHS. Alex is great at listening to each youth and tries to make things happen for them. Alex is real cool and funny.

The YMCA Casino Road Community Center newsletter is published by the YMCA of Snohomish County to update community members about the center’s programs, news, and events. If you no longer wish to receive this mailing, please contact Cory Armstrong-Hoss at 425 493 2414 or carmstronghoss@ymca-snoco.org. For more information on YMCA programs and services, visit www.ymca-snoco.org. OUR MISSION: To inspire, nurture, and strengthen culturally vibrant communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: The YMCA of Snohomish County makes every effort to ensure that no person, especially youth, will be denied access to programs and membership because of financial hardship. The YMCA’s Financial Assistance Program is supported by contributes to our Annual Campaign and United Way.


CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF IMPACT ON CASINO ROAD YMCA OF SNOHOMISH COUNTY Mukilteo Family YMCA 10601 47th Place West Mukilteo, WA 98275

NONPROFIT ORG. U.S. POSTAGE PAID SEATTLE, WA PERMIT NO. 134

JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION! The Casino Road Community Center is turning five years old, and you’re invited! Your generosity and support help us serve kids and families on Casino Road. Please join us to hear stories of impact, celebrate successes, and learn about the future. Dr. Jean Hernandez, President of Edmonds Community College, will be our Key Note speaker. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 6-7:30 pm Children’s Village 14 E. Casino Road, Everett Light appetizers will be served. Program begins at 6:15 pm. Complimentary child care will be available during the celebration. Please RSVP by September 16 to Merrie Babazadeh at mbabazadeh@ymca-snoco.org or 425 493 2424.

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