Makaya: Summer Camp

Makaya was 7 years old when she started coming to Y summer camp. Her mother Denise, a working mother, needed to find a nurturing environment that could provide Makaya with structure, friends and fun. They both needed a safety net as they dealt with stressful times at home, but finances were difficult. Makaya was able to attend camp because her family qualified for the YMCA’s income-based scholarship program. Over the course of the summer, the quiet, withdrawn little girl began to smile again as she made new friends. And her mother was able to relax at work knowing that her daughter was in an environment that she felt safe and cared about. 

Phillip: Afterschool Program

Makaya was 7 years old when she started coming to Y summer camp. Her mother Denise, a working mother, needed to find a nurturing environment that could provide Makaya with structure, friends and fun. They both needed a safety net as they dealt with stressful times at home, but finances were difficult. Makaya was able to attend camp because her family qualified for the YMCA’s income-based scholarship program. Over the course of the summer, the quiet, withdrawn little girl began to smile again as she made new friends. And her mother was able to relax at work knowing that her daughter was in an environment that she felt safe and cared about. 

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Too many children enter kindergarten unprepared and unready to learn. The Y’s VPK program ensures our youngest members get the foundation they need to succeed in kindergarten – and beyond. It can be a struggle for any parent to meet a child’s developmental needs but it was particularly tough for Nadia’s mother, Carinne, who herself was in school and trying to build a better life for herself and her daughter. Nadia had the Y on her side and she was ready for school.