MetroWest YMCA Advocacy Day 2018 | MetroWest YMCA

MetroWest YMCA Advocacy Day Hosted by State Representative Carolyn Dykema Provided Opportunity to Experience the Impact of Y Summer Camps.

Jul 25, 2018

MetroWest YMCA Advocacy Day Hosted by State Representative Carolyn Dykema Provided Opportunity to Experience the Impact of Y Summer Camps.

HOPKINTON, MA – On Tuesday, July 24, State Representatives Dykema, Lewis and Linsky, District Attorney Ryan, Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, and more than 50 community and business leaders gathered for Advocacy Day, sponsored by Align Credit Union, to see first-hand the effective ways the Y is working to address pressing topics 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. The event was kicked off by Rep. Dykema who received an honorary “Camp Director for the Day,” to thank her for her years of dedication. Several Counselors-In-Training were present and talked about the impact of the camp on their lives. CITs are emerging camp leaders in formal training to teach them life-long leadership skills as well as preparing them to become camp counselors.

“This camp has always been a place of comfort and has always made me feel happy about summer time. I have basically grown up at this camp, and it has changed me in so many ways! …I have really found who I am through this camp …It’s funny to think that I was a camper for so long, and now I’m living out a dream of mine since I was little to become a counselor!  - Jenna, first year CIT.

The group toured the camp, getting to see some exciting new additions including a Learning Garden and a Teaching Kitchen. Using materials donated by the Framingham Rotary Club, a group of volunteers from MathWorks, built and planted the Learning Gardens this year. The gardens compliment the Teaching Kitchen, made possible thanks to TJX Companies Inc. “From picking vegetables to making salsa, kids get to create and sample their own ‘farm to table’ recipes here at camp,” said Scott Umbel, Branch Executive Director of the FOC.

The final stop was at the new Cricket Pitch, where MathWorks Cricket team members thanked they Y for their partnership, explained the sport and helped lead a batting demonstration by Representatives Dykema, Lewis and Linsky.  Rick McPherson, MetroWest YMCA President and CEO, ended by thanking the group for attending and for working with the YMCA to ensure the best camp experience for thousands of children and families and for making the MetroWest region such a great place to live and work.

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About the MetroWest Y: The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  The MetroWest Y, with branches in Framingham and Hopkinton, serves more than 20,000 people annually with its programs, and has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver lasting personal and social change.