BOSTON FINANCIAL DATA FUNDS SUMMER LEARNING
Summer days at the Y’s Camp Ponkapoag in Canton are filled
with traditional camp activities, including arts and crafts, hiking, and swimming in the
outdoor pool. This summer, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Boston Financial
Data Services, campers will also take part in a unique learning
For the past four years, 65 students from five
underperforming Boston Public Schools (BPS) have participated in the
Summer Learning Project (SLP). SLP is a partnership between Boston After
School & Beyond, BPS and leading funders and nonprofits that works to understand the
best approaches to reducing summer learning loss.
Research shows that two thirds of the achievement gap between low-income
students and their higher income peers can be explained by unequal access to
Students in the SLP participate in formal
English/lanugage arts (ELA) and math curricula throughout the day. This
instruction is led by certified Massachusetts teachers. These enriching lessons take
place outdoors and utilize the natural surroundings of the Blue Hills
to provide hands-on learning. In between the ELA
and math sessions, the campers join in
more traditional camp activities such as hiking,
health and wellness, team building, swimming, challenge courses, and the arts.
According to evaluation results conducted by Boston After School & Beyond,
last summer these students demonstrated increases in ELA (7.7%) and math skills (13.6%).
Boston Financial Data is helping to underwrite the costs of
SLP so that Y campers continue to learn, grow and thrive over the summer months.
In addition, their employees will donate over 300 hours cleaning and
maintaining the grounds of Ponkapoag so that the camp is ready to welcome over
200 campers this June.
CHARLESTOWN Y FIGHTS CYBERBULLYING
According to a 2011 study by the Pew Research
Center, 1 in 3 teenagers have been the victims of cyberbullying. Cyberbullying
is the willful and repeated act of harming others electronically (through
email, instant messaging, Web sites, chat rooms, social networking sites, cell
phones and other electronic means). The consequences of cyber bullying can be
far-reaching. Victims may experience low self-esteem, poor academic
achievement, difficulty making friends, loneliness, depression, and suicidal
thoughts and tendencies.
is why ending cyberbullying is a focus of the YMCA’s teen programs. Through
a partnership with the Edwards Middle School in Charlestown, YMCA staff are
teaching the Y’s cyberbullying prevention curriculum to 108 8th grade students
as part of their social studies class.
kids want to speak up and say something when they witness bullying behavior,
but they may not have the courage or know exactly what to say or do” says
Michael Letchfield, Charlestown YMCA Teen Director. “Through real life examples
and role playing, this curriculum provides them with the tools and
supports to stop this harmful behavior.”
Through this initiative, staff are equipping
students with the skills to treat others respectfully using cyber technology;
providing students the tools to get help if they are cyber bullied; and
supporting students to work in their schools to help develop school wide
policies and procedures.
Y MARATHON TEAM RAISES $46,000 TO SUPPORT TEENS
The rain and cold weather did not stop the YMCA’s
four-member marathon team from realizing their personal goal of completing the
Boston Marathon last month. In the process, they collectively raised over
$46,000 to support free YMCA teen programming throughout Greater Boston.
“That four hours was the best time of my life” said team
member Mohaan Raaj. “I had a tough time between mile 17 and 21 but the crowd
support in the raw, wet, cold and windy day was amazing. You don’t get
that anywhere in the world. Next year, my goal is to qualify for the Boston
Marathon and join the YMCA team. It is a kind pay back to a great
Congratulations to our marathon team and thank you to everyone
who supported them.
CAN EXERCISE HELP YOUR JOB?
are numerous important physical benefits associated with regular exercise: it lowers your risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer while
strengthening your muscles, bones and improving weight control and sleep. Still,
the majority of adults in the US still struggle to meet exercise
recommendations such as obtaining 150 minutes per week of moderately vigorous
exercise like brisk walking. Yet, if someone were to invent a pill that
provided all of the benefits of exercise, many Americans would likely find the
time to stand in line 150 minutes per week to get that pill.
part of the challenge for people is that it takes time to realize some of
the physical benefits of regular exercise. What's the good news? Over the last ten
years, studies have shown that regular exercise can provide immediate benefits
to the way we think, therefore enhancing on-the-job performance. Consider the
following cognitive benefits: enhanced concentration, creativity, learning,
memory, mental stamina and mood, as well as lower levels of perceived
stress. All of these benefits can directly impact a person’s productivity,
time management, ability to build interpersonal relationships and foster
collaborations at work. There
is also evidence that exercise during regular work hours may boost performance.
matter how busy we may be at work, human beings make time for the things that
they value. If you
can’t create a 25th hour in the day to exercise, what can you stop
doing, or do differently, to create that time?
The YMCA can help support you in this healthy habit. Visit your local branch for inspiration.
VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT: GEORGE GILMER
The YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes George Gilmer to its General Board of Directors. George is Managing Director and Head of U.S. Asset Servicing for BNY Mellon Asset Servicing. He joined Mellon Financial Corporation in 2003, prior to Mellon's merger with the Bank of New York. Previously, George worked at JP-Morgan Chase as CFO for the Securities Processing and Fund Servicing line of business.
George received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Westfield State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Rhode Island. We look forward to his leadership for the YMCA of Greater Boston.
CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS SPRUCE UP YMCA FACILITIES
The Burbank YMCA
was pleased to participate in Comcast Cares Day on Saturday, April 25
and welcomed 12 Comcast volunteers who completed a spring cleanup of the
branch. The YMCA relies heavily upon the time and
talent of volunteers to guide our cause-driven and we are fortunate to be
supported by our town and elected officials, neighbors and local corporations,
like Comcast, who donate their time.
|Photo credit: Richard Heath
Over 100 volunteers spent
the week of April 11-17 painting, sanding, building out walls, adding bookshelves
and storage areas and installing a new floor to three rooms of the
Egleston YMCA. The project was funded with a grant from Kimberly-Clark.
The labor force came from skilled workers of the Gilbane Building Company and United
Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.