Congressman Joe Kennedy and Congresswoman Katherine Clark join host Representative Carolyn Dykema, State Senator Karen Spilka, Local officials, Superintendents and Community Leaders to learn about the impact MetroWest YMCA Summer Camps have on area youth.

 

On August 1st, Representative Carolyn Dykema and MetroWest YMCA President & CEO Rick MacPherson hosted “Be a Camper” for a morning Advocacy Event from 10AM-12PM at the MetroWest YMCA Day Camp at the Y’s Family Outdoor Center at 45 East Street, Hopkinton.

Local legislators, educators, town administrators, community leaders and Y Board volunteers experienced the difference and saw first-hand the effective ways the Y is working to address pressing challenges such as summer learning loss prevention, childhood obesity, the achievement gap, engaging youth-at-risk, and leading and guiding today’s teens to become tomorrow’s leaders through summer camp.

According to Rick MacPherson, MetroWest YMCA President and CEO, “We were thrilled to have Congressman Kennedy and Congresswoman Clark along with State Senator Spilka and our host Representative Dykema along with 40 community and business leaders experience a morning of camp at our Family Outdoor Center in Hopkinton.  The Y Camp serves more than 900 children a day from throughout the MetroWest region.  Our special guests took part in camp activities and heard emotional stories directly from the kids regarding the powerful, life-changing power of camp.”

 Camp at the Y is more than just beaded bracelets and campfire songs. YMCA’s across the Commonwealth are working hard to enrich the lives of all children in our communities:

·         Y camps have educational curriculums which have helped prevent the summer learning loss and have a positive impact on reducing the achievement gap in the towns we serve in Massachusetts.

·         Y’s are combating the childhood obesity epidemic and working hard to prevent chronic disease by engaging youth in healthy eating and physical activity, aka HEPA.

·         Y’s are dedicated to families by providing financial assistance to those who wouldn't be able to experience summer camp.

·         Y’s are keeping our kids safe by supporting youth at risk and the prevention of child abuse.

·         Y’s are committed to teen leadership and training programs which help teens to develop life skills, build self-confidence, make positive connections and become positive role models

·         Y’s have long term strategic goals to nurture the potential of all children in our community and need your help as an advocate in building stronger community foundations for generations to come.  

 

If you are interested in participating in Advocacy Day or would like more information, please contact Peter Waisgerber, Chief Development Officer at pwaisgerber@metrowestymca.org or (508) 879-4420 x70