At Jersey City’s PS #30 and #37 Schools, the newly launched Y Academy-21st Century Community Learning Center has engaged its young scholars in a community-building project. Y Academy students are hard at work preparing for their "Lighting Up Our Path Towards Our Future" project, creating self-portraits that envision their future careers and choreographing a special dance presentation for the October 23rd Lights On Afterschool celebration.
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Century initiative of the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity, click here
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Chris Osorio completed his training to be a mentor for the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity's Reach and Rise Program in June. A college grad working in corporate sales, Chris says that he has always wanted to have a positive impact on another person’s life. Having dealt with family issues as a teen, Chris felt that he could be good role model for a young person trying to succeed in spite of adversity.
Chris was matched with Nolan, and met with him weekly through the summer, often at their favorite ice cream spot in Jersey City. This fall, Nolan will play for his high school football team, and Chris plans to attend some games to show his support. They are also planning to spend some Saturdays at the YMCA getting in shape.
The YMCA's Reach & Rise Program will conduct training for its third group of mentors beginning on October 15th. If you or someone you know would like to learn more or to volunteer, please contact Regina Fitch at email@example.com. You could change a life!
Rhonda's Y Story:
At my one-year anniversary of Newark Y membership, I wanted to share my incredible experience. It all started the day Y staff member Eddie offered me a free one-month trial. With knee pain, excess weight and my 50th
birthday lurking, I knew I had to act. I started walking on the treadmill, but my knees were killing me. I talked to Smiley (another terrific Y staff member) and he helped me get started on the elliptical. My knees hurt less each day. During that first month, I lost some weight, and my knees did not hurt as much, so I joined!
After strong encouragement from staff (thanks Melissa!) I started taking spin classes in addition to using the cardio equipment. Now I am addicted - I spin five times a week! There are days that I have off from work but drive 49 miles to go to the Y in Newark. I have a beautiful YMCA facility close to my house in Hamburg, NJ, but I enjoy the people at the Newark Y.
However, with all of the classes I was taking, I was not losing weight. I would lose 5 or 10 pounds and gain it back. Then my awesome spin instructor Eileen gave me hints and ideas about nutrition and I have lost 20 pounds! Every single day, someone says something nice about the way I look! My husband included!
Before I joined the Newark Y, I left my house at 7:15 to be at work by 9 am. Now, I get to the Y by 6:30 and still get to work on time! I also save money by going to the gym instead of going out to lunch. Joining the Y has been a WIN WIN situation for me.
As you can tell, I am very happy that I joined the YMCA in Newark and fortunate that my path crossed so many nice people! I’ll see you tomorrow at the Newark Y!