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James O'S. Morton, Esq.
President & CEO
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
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Elizabeth B. Burnett, Chair
William I. Huyett, Vice Chair
Evelyn Kaupp, Vice Chair
Brian H. Kavoogian, Vice Chair
Matt McPherron, Vice Chair
C. Ann Merrifield, Treasurer
Hope A. Aldrich
William H. Anderson
Kevin J. Blake
Daniel F. Conley
Donald E. Conover
Christopher D. Fincke
David G. Fubini
Nancy D. Glennon
Michelle W. Hecht
Robert E. Kenney
Teresa K. Koster
Jack R. O'Connor
William M. Parent
Cynthia L. Strauss
Alan W. Tuck
Frederick A. Wang
Faith S. Weiner
M. David Wilkins
MAYOR WALSH HELPS CELEBRATE ACADEMIC CREDIT RECOVERY CENTER EXPANSION AT DORCHESTER YMCA
On March 21, with the assistance of Mayor
Martin J Walsh, State Representative Dan Hunt, State Representative Dan
Cullinane, City Councilor Andrea Campbell, City Councilor Anissa Essaibi
George, and Boston's Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey, the Dorchester YMCA proudly cut the ribbon on their
expanded Academic Credit Recovery Center (CRC).
In partnership with Boston Public Schools (BPS), the YMCA of Greater
Boston has launched Credit Recovery Centers for high school students in
neighborhoods where youth are at-risk of dropping out. Due to popular demand,
the Dorchester YMCA, a hub site for the program, has renovated and expanded its
CRC lab featuring new equipment and resources to meet the needs of the
community. The program has been oversubscribed since it launched in Dorchester
this past fall. Students who utilize the lab are offered course assistance from
public school teachers and counselors, healthy dinners and snacks, and a free
When a student fails even one credited course, their odds go
up of not graduating on time or, worse, dropping out altogether. The YMCA of Greater Boston took notice of this troubling trend and stepped in
to offer an inviting and comfortable space that looks and feels like a teen
center where students can make up failed courses and stay on track to
graduation. The CRC Labs, currently available at the Dorchester and East Boston
Ys, offer early morning and late evening hours to give students the flexibility
and support they need.
YOUTH IN GOVERNMENT VISITS MA STATE HOUSE
The Parkway Community YMCA recently took a delegation of 15
teens to the annual Youth in Government Conference at the Massachusetts State
These delegates worked all year to prepare for the conference, writing bills to be debated,
articles to be published in a mock paper called “The Beacon” and taking part in
mock trial simulations.
After a tour of the House Chambers and Speaker’s Gallery
with State Representative Paul McMurtry, the Parkway Y delegates were
presented with a formal citation signed by the Representative and the Speaker
of the House.
At the final awards banquet, the Parkway Community Y’s Teen
Director, Becky Peluso, was selected to accompany the Assistant District
Attorney of Middlesex County on an inaugural trip to the National Judicial
Conference in Chicago in August. Additionally, 3 of the 9 teen delegates chosen
to attend the event were from the Parkway Community YMCA.
The Parkway YMCA Youth in Government teens were awarded
the Premier Delegation Award for exceeding the expectations of a Youth in
Government delegation and for their civic engagement.
YMCA SHOWCASES INNOVATIVE EXERCISE CLASSES
The YMCA of Greater Boston is always looking for ways to keep our group exercise offerings fresh and filled with exciting new ways to move.
Our East Boston and Huntington Ave Ys are now showcasing POUND in their free membership group exercise offerings. POUND is an exciting full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, and plyometric and isometric movements into a 45-minute series.
The Huntington Ave YMCA also now offers BollyX - a Bollywood-inspired dance fitness program that combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from India. The dances cycle between higher and lower intensity movements to get you sweating and smiling at the same time.
Both classes are open to all fitness levels, for men and women of all ages. If you're looking for a way to liven up your workout routine, check out the hundreds of group exercise classes available at our Ys.
RENOVATIONS CONTINUE AT PARKWAY YMCA
Progress is continuing on the renovations at our Parkway Community YMCA in West Roxbury. Flooring and electricity are currently being installed in the new fitness center, with the fitness equipment scheduled to be installed next week. Tiles are also going into the new pool this week.
Phase 1 of the renovations was completed in the fall, with the opening of the new locker rooms and parking lot expansion.
Phase 2 - which includes the updated fitness center, exercise studios, pool, child watch area and teen center - will be completed and open to members in mid-April.
The third and final phase of construction - including the main lobby and gym - will be finished in June and will be celebrated with grand re-opening event.
We are excited to be able to provide an updated and welcoming facility accessible to all in the West Roxbury, Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Dedham communities. Check out our Facebook page for more updates.
RETIREE MENTORS TRAINING, INC. PARTICIPANTS
John Faldetta, 73, the former director of Global
Logistics at Gillette for 34 years, has served as a mentor and guide to
participants at YMCA Training Inc. for the past 13 years. Faldetta volunteers weekly with the program,
guiding trainees through resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation
and job search, and helping to build their confidence.
Each year, YMCA Training Inc. graduates are hired at more
than 50 major companies in Greater Boston, such as Eastern Bank, Boston Medical
Center, City of Boston,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Suffolk
University. Since its
inception in 1984, Training, Inc. has graduated nearly 5,000 people from the
program. Last year, Training, Inc.’s
total graduates earned $103.5 million and paid $25.8 million in taxes.
YMCA Training, Inc. helps Massachusetts residents get back to
work. The free, 20-week program provides computer and office skills training, a
two-month internship program and corporate employer partners to get the
underemployed and unemployed working again. The state unemployment rate is 4.7
Each session Faldetta is assigned up to six trainees, who
describe him as ‘tough but fair’. He sets expectations for all his mentees, and
helps them reach goals and strive higher then they think they are capable of,
he says. Graduates of the program keep in touch with their mentor as they
negotiate raises and promotions in their new positions and reach out to
Faldetta for guidance.
“I was the only one in my family to go to college and
as a result I am now in a position where I can give back and share what I’ve
learned with others,” says Faldetta. “I can’t think of anything more noble than
helping people get jobs and I am glad to make this contribution through the Y
and for my community.”
For more information about the Y's Training, Inc. program or to provide your support, please visit us online.
OAK SQUARE Y RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM CITY
Recently a certificate of recognition was presented to our Oak Square YMCA and Calder Akin, Director of Youth
Development and Sports. Mayor Martin J Walsh and the City of
Boston honored the overall work of the Oak Square directors for their dedication to teaching children to become healthy, happy and helpful citizens through sports
and team work and in appreciation of the innovative programs offered to enhance
all children’s development at the YMCA and throughout the City of Boston.
The Oak Square YMCA was nominated for this award by the
Ernst family, whose three-year-old son is actively involved in many programs
and services at the Y.
“We all love what we
do here and know that our work is all about building relationships with
families and the community,“ says Akin.
“The Y is unique in that people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds are
welcome under one roof to get stronger and healthier together.”