We are especially proud of a new program we rolled out this summer: YMCA Power Scholars™, a five-week summer program designed to tackle learning loss. The picture to the right is Rev. Joshua Bell and yours truly, loving every minute of this program!
The partnership with our Y, the Perry First Christian Church (where Rev. Bell is Senior Minister and Unofficial Bus Driver) and the national nonprofit BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) enabled 30 Perry-area students to receive academic support from certified teachers, take part in enrichment activities such as martial arts, Safety Around Water classes (SAW), bucket drumming, character development opportunities, social-emotional learning, and nutritious meals. Read more here!
In July, we put on a Community Wellness Fair where partners provided free physicals, eye exams, COVID vaccines, and blood pressure checks.
Our YMCA summer day camp ended on an innovative note when we introduced campers to E-Sports as part of a pilot we plan to introduce this fall. Through gaming, campers were taught the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, strategic thinking and self-confidence. Read more about E-Sports and the impact that it has on our youth.
This is just a snapshot of our summer at the Y and now that it is quieter during the day and I have more interrupted time...I miss the laughter, the shrieks, the camp chants. One 5-year-old camper said it best when asked if she liked OU or OSU: she paused and then replied, "I like the Y." Me too.
Thank you for your support of the Y, where we are for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility!
Shea Boschee, CEO