The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity hosted its first WISE EXPERIENCE Workshop, a jewelry making class, on April 10th. This workshop was taught by Rutgers MSW intern, Robin Arbubakrr, with the goal of introducing beginners to jewelry-making and for the therapeutic and relaxation benefits this activity promotes.
Participants were encouraged to make three bracelets, two for themselves, and the third as a gift for someone else. The workshop was a huge success, with both Y members and community members participating.
Y Pop programs help the Y gather feedback on program topics and structure. For more information about upcoming Y Pop programs, stop by the YMCA Membership desk or contact email@example.com.
Last Saturday evening, Master Johnny Guerrero from Guerrero Brazilian Jiu Jitsu came to the YMCA of Newark and Vicinity to speak to participants of the SUCCEED Evening Reporting Center and their mentors. Master Guerrero grew up as a troubled youth in Newark and it was martial arts, he says, “that kept him out of jail.”
After he spoke to the teens about his childhood, Master Guerrero and his students put on a Jiu Jitsu demonstration. Teens and mentors were able to ask questions and gain tips on defending themselves.
Kerry Connelly, Community Involvement Coordinator for the Life Christian Church, who recruits the mentors stated, “We couldn’t thank them enough for the awesome demonstration and the inspirational talk, and they couldn’t thank us enough for letting them do it! My favorite part was overheard by one of them on Facebook – they said they could really see how much all the mentors cared about those kids.”