Often times a person’s poor first impression can break a relationship before it even begins. Fortunately, this was not the case with Quintin Horseman and Seth Williams of the YMCA Youth Investment program.
When school ends, many children from low-income families lose access to resources important for positive development such as nutritious meals, adult supervision and activities that keep them engaged mentally.
A story about perseverance and overcoming one’s surrounding and one’s self.
Our latest PFY numbers indicate we’ve passed the halfway mark with the campaign reaching 55%, or $322,850, of our $587,000 goal! The Central facility still holds a slim lead for member donations at 286 over Valley’s 267 and North’s 205. We still want to keep the High 5’s rolling in. At this time, we’ve recorded 55 High 5’s and another 25 High 10’s. Look for our new facility displays to see how each contribution can make a difference! With over 1100 pledges, our progress is encouraging but the need for financial assistance remains. We can’t thank our generous donors enough for lending their support. Healthy bodies and minds will continue to take shape at the Y as long as we live in a community full of people who know and care about our... Read More
Gabrielle came to us as a teen who was involved in the Juvenile Court system and was looking for a way to work of her community service. As most of our youth, she got that and so much more. Gabrielle’s video testimony is just one example of how the Youth Investment Program offers renewed hope to teens who have so little to look forward to. Youth Investment intervenes in the lives of troubled teens in Spokane County. This program offers juvenile offenders the option to perform community service and restitution mandated by Spokane County Juvenile Court that includes lawn care, landscaping services, garden production and YMCA facility maintenance at all three sites. While giving these at-risk youth a constructive work experience, they are introduced to the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in their day-to-day connection with adult mentors. The overriding objective of Youth Investment is to break the cycle of hopelessness and to empower them to succeed. Having relationships with caring adults who believe... Read More
With the Y’s Partners for Youth (PFY) Campaign fast approaching, we want to invite everyone to ‘Give the Y a High 5!’ In the spirit of aiding a fellow neighbor, members can contribute in a big way by adding $5, $10 or more to their monthly draft. After 10 months (Mar.-Dec.), your donation accumulates to $50 and helps deserving Spokane area families and individuals who lack the ability to pay for services. The money we raise in 2012 helps support our scholarship fund to assist those who otherwise would be unable to experience the YMCA. The Y is and will continue to be a thriving hub built to help families and individuals learn and grow all while strengthening important community ties. So, remember to ‘Give the Y a High 5′ and visit our booths to get involved and learn... Read More