Last month, the Newark YMCA Strong Kids' Campaign Volleyball Tournament brought seventy people together to compete and have fun, while raising move than $450 for financial assistance to families. The Strong Kids Campaign is set up to ensure that all in our community who would like to participate in Y programs are able to do so. At the Newark Y, we engage our community by promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. To support the Strong Kids Campaign, click here.
Congratulations to the winning volleyball team (pictured above)
Many, many thanks to Eddie Grant and Greg Farrar, who made this event possible.
On Saturday, April 13th, the Newark Y was transformed, as members of The Life Christian Church (TLCC) in West Orange painted three bedrooms, the laundry room, and the kitchen of the Y’s Emergency Residence Program. Not content with simply sprucing up the inside of the building, volunteers pulled weeds, spread mulch and planted lovely spring flowers all around the building. The cheerful plantings and freshly painted rooms make a tremendous difference to all who come in and out of the building – particularly those that call the Newark Y home.
As many church volunteers worked hard to beautify the building, fellow congregants organized inspirational activities for all ages. At the Y,” Biggest Loser” finalist Jay Jacobs held a health and wellness workshop for members and residents of the Newark Y. YMCA teens were encouraged and motivated at TLCC in a Mentoring workshop with Jarrad Toussant, from Cory Booker’s Educational Reform Team. They also had the opportunity to meet and receive autographed pictures of former New York Jets player, Ray Lucas.
At the same time, TLCC hosted a day of fun for families from the Y Emergency Residence Program. Seventy children and parents participated in arts and crafts activities, creative reading and a delicious lunch. After lunch, the families were treated to a fun-filled afternoon at the Turtle Back Zoo. They rode the carousel and the train, in addition to seeing all the new animal attractions. This day will be a lifelong memory for the families of the Emergency Residence Program!
The Y is deeply grateful to TLCC for transforming our residence and inspiring all of us!
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My name is Ocarlin Presina. I started coming to the YMCA in July of 2012. I came because I love to play basketball. One of the first people that I met at the Y was Coach Greg. From the very beginning, he helped mold and develop my skills as a player. I worked hard that summer by participating in Basketball Clinics and the Jr. Slam program to develop myself. That fall I was able to make the 13 & 14 year old Travel YMCA Basketball team. I was excited to be a part of the YMCA team and learned that one of us is not as strong as all of us. I enjoy spending my days at the Y instead of being at home playing video games. One of the most valuable lessons I have learned at the YMCA is to push myself to reach my goals.
Thank you Ocarlin, for making the Y family stronger! For information about how you can become a part of the Y, click here.
On April 5th, more than twenty people, ages 3 to adult, participated in the Newark YMCA's Family Float Night. It was a great event! Please join us for our next Family Float Night on April 26th, from 7 pm - 9 pm. For more information, please contact: email@example.com.