Youth Development in Action
Check out how our youth development programs have positively impacted the lives of these inspiring young people.
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We're Young Leaders Trying to Change the World
In August 2019, the YMCA celebrated 175 years of youth-led change with a global gathering in London. Amber and her team from YMCA of Greater Richmond met with peers from across the world to discuss community issues and develop solutions. Learn how this passionate teen plans to change the world for the better. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
Water Safety: I'm Comfortable Around Water Now
After a local drowning tragedy, YMCA of Northwest Louisiana and community organizations came together to bring a water safety program to all second graders in the district. As a result, Leigha and Giana learned life-saving water safety skills—and gained a love for swimming. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.
Afterschool: Christopher's Coming Out of His Shell
As a parent, you try to make decisions that benefit your kids. For David, enrolling his sons in the YMCA Chinatown’s afterschool programs was one of the best things he's ever done—especially for his son, Christopher. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.
Superhero Training Academy: Every Kid Has a Superhero Inside
Noah was a shy, reserved 4-year-old when his teacher recommended he join the Y’s Superhero Training Academy to gain confidence. Now, Noah is armed with the superpowers of YMCA of Greater Nashua’s core values—caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—and he has the confidence to take on the world (but first, kindergarten)! This is his Y. His camera. His story.
Y Arts: There's Beauty and Creativity in Being Different
Nonnie sees the beauty in everything, from abandoned buildings to insects. In YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s Arts program, this emerging artist channeled her creative energy into beautiful works of art—all while engaging with her community and finding a sense of belonging. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.
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