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Senior Vice President,
Development & Communications
YMCA of Greater Boston
316 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
617-927-8127 | email
|Jeff Conway, Chair
Elizabeth B. Burnett, Vice Chair
William I. Huyett, Vice Chair
Evelyn Kaupp, Vice Chair
Brian H. Kavoogian, Vice Chair
C. Ann Merrifield, Treasurer
Mark S. Ain
Hope A. Aldrich
Richard H. Aldrich
Kevin J. Blake
Daniel F. Conley
Donald E. Conover
C. Michael Daley
David A. Damassa
Kevin A. Foster
David G. Fubini
Michelle W. Hecht
Robert E. Kenney
Teresa K. Koster
Jack R. O'Connor
Jill W. Onderdonk
William M. Parent
Cynthia L. Strauss
Alan W. Tuck
Frederick A. Wang
Richard C. Waters
Faith S. Weiner
M. David Wilkins
Y TEEN DIRECTOR RECEIVES LIGHT OF DAWNN AWARD
|Reggie Jean with Dorchester YMCA Executive Director Andrea Baez
Congratulations to Reggie Jean,
Dorchester YMCA Teen Director, for receiving the Light of Dawnn award which honors the legacy of Dawnn Jaffier and her passion and dedication
to improving her community and investing in its young people. Dawnn, a beloved youth worker, was the innocent victim of gun violence last summer.
Reggie was one of three awardees selected from over 50 applicants in
recognition of his excellence in providing engaging teen programming and
overall dedication to Boston youth. Dawnn’s family and friends
presented this award to Reggie at a ceremony at the West End Boys and Girls Club last month attended.
ROXBURY TEENS DEVELOP REAL WORLD JOB SKILLS
While many teenagers spent their February vacations relaxing, teens from the Roxbury YMCA were hard at work polishing their
networking and employment skills thanks to volunteers from Sun Life Financial
and John Snow International. Ten teens visited both companies during February vacation for onsite workplace
tours and tutorials on networking, dressing for success and interview skills from Sun Life and JSI employees.
“These opportunities help
young people envision themselves in these professional jobs and expand their
vision for their future,” said Roxbury Y Executive Director Kathryn Saunders. “It is
great to see these two companies so involved in their communities and in our
YMCA WORKS TO HELP PREVENT TYPE 2 DIABETES
Tuesday, March 24, is American Diabetes
Association Alert Day. In the United States alone, diabetes affects nearly 29
million people. Another 86 million Americans have pre-diabetes, yet only
about 9 million are aware of it.
with pre-diabetes can reduce their risk for developing Type 2 diabetes by
adopting behavior changes that include eating healthier, increasing physical
activity, and losing a modest amount of weight.
Basic lifestyle changes can decrease the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
Among these are:
- Eat fruits and vegetables every day.
- Choose fish, lean meats and poultry without
- Aim for whole grains with every meal.
- Be moderately active at least 30 minutes per
day five days a week.
- Choose water to drink instead of beverages
with added sugar.
- Speak to your doctor about your diabetes risk
factors, especially if you have a family history of the disease or are
The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is
those at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. This research-tested program is shown to reduce new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58%, and by 70%
in adults over 60 years of age. The Burbank YMCA in Reading and the Charles River YMCA in
Needham are now registering participants. To learn more, email us or call 617-927-8077.
FREE DENTAL CARE AT EAST BOSTON Y
ForsythKids Oral Health Program visited the East Boston YMCA Toddler/Preschool Program last month. The ForsythKids program works with schools and community partners to make certain it is easy for children and their families to get high quality dental care. On February 25, 34 children received on-site dental care at the East Boston Y. The children had dental exams, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments. Each child went home with a toothbrush, children’s toothpaste and dental floss.
ORGANIZE YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER YOU
Most of us face
challenges with fitting fitness into our day. A small amount of planning can help you keep your physical activity plan on track. Here are some proven techniques:
1. Set aside 10 minutes out of your week to plan your workout
times. Treat it like a work assignment, and integrate your workouts right into your schedule.
2. Plan for urgent, higher priority items in your day
to come up by creating a Plan A and a Plan B. Have a backup plan for your physical
3. Plan a focused 30-minute workout. If you can go longer,
great. But understand there are tremendous health benefits from 20-30 minutes of exercise.
- If you can’t fit in structured exercise think about
how to add in non-structured physical activity into your day, like a walk with
- Add in fit breaks during your work day. This
is a 5-10 minute break from sitting at your desk where you just get up
and move, or even add in some body weight exercises. Consider conducting
a walking meeting.
4. Use technology to your advantage. Add a fitness app to your phone to track your exercise and/or eating; invest in an activity tracker.
5. Associate yourself with other people with similar fitness
goals. Statistics show you are much more likely
to be successful in developing an exercise habit if you are connected with other people with similar goals and interests.
For help creating a fitness plan, contact a YMCA personal trainer or check out our group exercise classes.
TRAINING, INC. GRADUATE CELEBRATES HER SUCCESS
In celebration of Women's History Month, we honor YMCA Training, Inc. graduate Jessica, who shares her story in her own words.
started at YMCA Training, Inc., my 3 sons and
I had actually become homeless. I was struggling
through a job readiness program, exhausted much of the week, and my oldest son
was having a very rough time in the neighborhood. I was frightened.
Trying to balance
the pressures of parenting with the program’s requirements and a personal life - and all without us having our own home - had brought me way down. But I was too
embarrassed to tell anyone.
It was about
this time that my instructor posted information about YMCA Training, Inc. I was
accepted into the next cycle, and I had a
strong feeling that YMCA Training, Inc. would send me on the path to a job with
a chance for advancement.
My days became even more fully packed and I was still feeling discouraged. But, that feeling was shrinking a little and I was determined to not give up
after coming this far. It helped that at the program I received a ton of
encouraging advice to stay focused and to remember that more opportunities were
coming my way.
10 weeks of training, I was asked to provide a tour for representatives
from Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan.
And things started rolling - fast.
I was a
little nervous, but I accepted the chance to meet our guests and to network with
actual employers. I was turning the
negative into the positive, which my instructor had encouraged us to do both with
customers and with ourselves.
When the next hiring session came at BMC HealthNet Plan, I was remembered and called to take the
assessment to be part of the group. Now
I am EMPLOYED as a Member Services Representative and I have been working full
time for 6 months.
that tour for BMC HealthNet Plan led directly to my success.
I hope to one
day be a manager for BMC HealthNet Plan and to continue to encourage and model
best practices for the new Member Services Reps. And maybe one day I’ll visit Training, Inc.
for a tour."
YMCA YOUNG PROFESSIONALS LEARN FROM THE PROS
The YMCA Young Professionals (YYP) group held their winter
Financial Fitness Workshop event last month at State Street
Financial Center in Boston. The workshop
was attended by over 100 young professionals and was led by panelists including Jana Abramson, Vice President and Wellesley Branch
Manager at First Commons Bank; Oscar Moreno, Senior Vice President of Retail
& Business Banking at First Commons Bank; Cuan Coulter, Executive Vice
President and Chief Compliance Officer at State Street; Jon C. O’Brien, CFP,
Investment Specialist and Financial Services Representative at Baystate
Financial; and Ann Tikkanen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial
Officer at the YMCA of Greater Boston.
The workshop focused on best financial practices for young
professionals including personal loans and building credit, reducing debt
and saving for the future. The panel also provided advice regarding career development and
the benefits of networking.
YYP brings together young adults in the community and provides an environment where young
adults can network and learn about relevant topics from Boston’s business and
civic leaders. To get involved or learn more about upcoming
events, visit the YYP Facebook page.
EAST BOSTON YMCA WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The YMCA of Greater
Boston is pleased to announce a new addition to its executive staff with the
recent hire of Ann-Margaret Gutierrez, to fill the role of executive director
of the East Boston YMCA.
Ann-Margaret is a 17-year Y professional who most recently served as Senior Director of Youth for the family
and community programs at the YMCA of Greater New York. During her ten years in
this role, Ann-Margaret established the Bronx YMCA New American Welcome
Center, established various youth camps, and initiated new community
partnerships. These partnerships provided monetary, voluntary, and in-kind
resources for low-income families, and sponsored college tours and
of Audrey Cohen College, Ann-Margaret also
served as the New Beginnings High School Director and Adolescent Program Director
at the West Side YMCA in New York. Ann-Margaret managed several youth programs, and created and implemented its first
peer education program and LGBTQ support programs for teens. Later, Ann-Margaret traveled to Venezuela, Costa
Rica, and Thailand with the YMCA Global Teens program to provide leadership
development and service learning projects.