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This past Saturday, March 23, a devastating fire destroyed 5 apartments in our Silver Spring community. One of our families in the Youth & Family Services program, a single mother with a 3rd grader & a 1 year old, lost everything.
While thankfully no one was hurt, this family is in desperate need of our help with basic household items for the kitchen, bathroom, baby items, etc. Anything we can do to help will mean the world of difference - because we all need each other.
Let's pull together, lend a helping hand, and give what we can to help them today!
If you have an additional questions on how you can help please contact Carson Henry, Executive Director of Youth & Family Services at Carson.Henry@ymcadc.org or (301) 587-5700.
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Today is the American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Traditionally it is held every fourth Tuesday in March and serves as a one-day "wake-up call" to encourage all to take the Diabetes Risk Test to know if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
At the YMCA we are on board with this special and vital day, and we urge the community to take control of their health and assess their risk.
This is a special call to action from us at the Y, as we have a great Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) that is well on its way to recognition from the CDC and DPRP (Center for Disease Control and Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program), which sets to recognize "organizations that have shown that they can effectively deliver a lifestyle change intervention program (lifestyle intervention) to prevent type 2 diabetes." (source: CDC.org)
Find out how you can get involve in taking control of your health by taking a DPP class at the Y! You can also get your very own risk test here.
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The Y is your premier spot for all things FUN this weekend, beginning with today!
2013 Legislative Weekend - First up is the start of our 2013 Legislative Weekend (March 22 - March 23, 2013).
The culmination of our 2012-2013 program year is almost here! March 22-23, YMCA DC Youth & Government students will take over One Judiciary Square to experience a working simulation of the DC Government.
"Once the students are sworn in during Opening Ceremony, they take lead while the adults remain silent," states Jason Reimer, Chairman and Founder of YMCA DC Youth & Government. "This program is student-led and student-driven, and the bills that pass the Youth Committee and Youth City Council will go on to the bona fide City Council for consideration."
Come experience how our youth are able to see how change is made through civic engagement… one family, one neighborhood, and one community at a time. To attend, please contact Emma Lipscomb via email or (202) 380-7632.
Meet Batman & Learn How to Be a hero in Your Home
Friday, March 22nd, 4:30-6:30pm
In honor of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week, this is an opportunity for you and your kids to learn about poison prevention and how to be a Superhero in your own home! At the event, children will visit seven different stations hearing from local poison prevention heroes and learning what they should and should not touch, sniff, and taste. To help promote their new superhero power, the students will also receive a visit from Batman! They'll have an opportunity to hear how Batman is a Poison Prevention Hero AND see his bat mobile. Only 100 Tickets available! All YMCA Arlington After School Children are guaranteed admission. All others, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of children and adults attending.
Last updated 2 months ago
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington intern Sophia is a student at George Washington University. This future sports journalist is a Boston native, who is a great asset to our Y family! She shares her experience working with the YMCA's communications team and helping out at fun-filled events:
When I look back at my Y experience as an intern, a flashback of the endless hours I spent flipping through the YMCA summer camp pamphlets instantly pops up in my mind.
“I wish my mom would have sent me to one of these camps,” I thought to myself.
Even though I never attended a Y camp, I was fortunate enough to participate in several of the creative activities they hosted throughout the year. As I entered college and started looking for volunteer opportunities, I immediately knew I wanted to work for the Y.
The YMCA caters to a broad range of people while promoting one of the most important values to me: healthy living. It has been amazing helping out at events that teach children how to eat healthy while having fun at the annual “Kids in the Kitchen.”
Throughout my time here, I have also been able to see the progression of the new YMCA Anthony Bowen branch. Whether it is looking for events happening in the area or thinking of ways to promote the grand opening, I have been excited to be involved throughout the process. We’re just a few months away from opening and I am already looking forward to trying a salad at the integrated Sweetgreen!
Want a sneak peek? Check out http://www.ymcadc.org/branch/newsD.cfm?bid=01 for more information.
*Big thanks to Sophia for all your hard work! Onward and upward.*