You know the challenges that we face in Erie. People of all ages and backgrounds are struggling to reach their full potential. More and more children face seemingly insurmountable learning gaps. Families find it difficult to spend quality time together. People are not connected to their neighbors and face time happens through a phone. And, instead of seeing the income gap shrink, it seems all we do is watch it grow.
But, when challenges arise, the Y – and donors like you – steps in. Everything the Y does, is in service of making us – as individuals and our community better.
Our Y sits at the forefront of several key issues facing the Erie community including:
From safe spaces to academic achievement, when you donate to the Y, you’re giving those in need opportunity to thrive.
All kids and teens need a safe and productive environment to both release energy and discover their potential. The Y is Erie’s community space, providing programs to help youth learn, grow and thrive.
He says he has nothing good in his life – except this piano at the Downtown Y. He doesn’t really know how to play, but is determined to teach himself. He says that with each stroke of the keys, he forgets the taunting kids and how he feels inside.
We believe that if you give teens something to do, a place to go, a purpose -they are capable of amazing things.
Research shows that many youth from underserved and low-income families need extra support in reaching their potential. They often start kindergarten underprepared and fall behind their peers as they progress through school. That “gap”, known as the achievement gap, presents not just immediate hurdles for these students, but also long term challenges for us all.
She and her children made the difficult decision to leave Nepal to Erie via a refugee camp. But, they never looked back. She wants her children to have more.
We believe all children are capable of greatness and, if given a chance can realize their dreams.
The Y is committed to keeping kids nourished all year long. More than 16 million children and teens under 18 live with food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And, when the school day ends, many of these youth are at risk of going hungry.
Unlike most kids, he was not excited for summer. Sure, he likes playing outside and hanging out with his friends. But, summertime for is also a time for uncertainty and hunger.
We believe that if you give kids a place to go where they can be safe, where they can fill up on the good stuff -they are capable of amazing things.
Many Erie kids are worried about where their next meal will come from – and access to healthy food – any food – is a concern for them. We provide a mobile meals site for kids – YMCA Food + Fun bus – serving healthy meals right in neighborhoods.
The Y aims to improve our community’s health and well-being by providing programs and activities that promote wellness, reduce the risk for disease and help others reclaim their health.
Matt was in excellent physical and mental shape when he joined the Army. But, a 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, returned Matt back to his family with issues with his hips, neck and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.
We believe that we can help people overcome what seem to be insurmountable obstacles through programs and activities for all that promote wellness, reclaim their health, and strengthen relationships.
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