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Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Camp Reed, My Y Story, School Age Care, Summer Camp, Teen, Y Stories, Y Stories, Youth Development, Youth Investment | 0 comments

My Y Story – Omid

My Y Story – Omid

A few years ago, Omid’s family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban. Initially, they escaped to Iran but were forced to flee again due to lack of work and school. They sought refuge in Turkey, but they were still not allowed the freedom to go to work or school. Eventually, the family was able to immigrate to the United States, settling in Spokane. With the help of the YMCA, Omid has been able to succeed in school while overcoming the hardships of being a refugee. Through a collaboration with World Relief, Camp Reed provided him with a full scholarship which allowed him to attend camp for a week of fun in the wilderness at Fan Lake. Omid wrote a letter about his Camp Reed experience. “Last year I had the chance to attend YMCA Camp Reed. Camp was one of my best weeks ever. I had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. I liked my counselor, Corduroy, and my Junior Counselor, Mac. It was their first...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Aquatics, Healthy Living, My Y Story, North YMCA, Social Responsibility, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

My Y Story – Aziz Moltafet

My Y Story – Aziz Moltafet

  Emma Lazarus’s words are eternally engraved on a bronze plaque outside the Statue of Liberty. They read, “…Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me: I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” For Shah Perai Mohammed Osman and her four boys, that light began shining in July of 2012 and led them through America’s golden door and right into the Y. From Soviet occupation to Taliban oppression to an arranged marriage mirroring enslavement, Shah Perai Mohammed Osman and her boys needed something more than darkness. They needed something other than the vast wasteland that had become their home in Afghanistan. They needed hope, and after arriving to the United States, with the help of the YMCA, that is exactly what they got. Mimicking the famous words of Ms. Lazarus, the Y does not turn anyone away. Rather, the Y provides those who need it most with a safe place to learn, grow and thrive. It is with these welcoming and nurturing characteristics...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Membership, My Y Story, Y Stories, Y Stories, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment |

My Y Story – Kate Dinnison

My Y Story – Kate Dinnison

Walking up the capitol steps in Olympia is an experience like no other. This time though, I was not walking into the grand marble structure as a tourist, but as a participant of government. So, maybe it’s not the real legislature, but it’s as close as a bunch of 14-18 year-olds can get, wrinkled suits and all. From the first meeting of the YMCA’s Youth and Government Program, I knew it would be work writing, amending, and re-amending bills. What I did not realize, though, is how rewarding the experience would be. The entire Spokane Delegation plunged head first into the world of Youth Legislature. We all had a good educational foundation heading into the bill-writing process, and plenty of good ideas. Immediately, students from our delegation threw out ideas for bills that I’d never thought about, concerning traffic safety laws, activities of prisoners, standardized testing, etc. We met twice-a-month to write our bills, debate, and practice parliamentary procedure (something very important when we arrived in Olympia). When May rolled around, we packed up our vans and headed for the west side...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Camp Reed, Cardio, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Strength, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Development, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Impact in Action – My Y Story: Quintin Horseman

Often times a person’s poor first impression can break a relationship before it even begins. Fortunately, this was not the case with Quintin Horseman and Seth Williams of the YMCA Youth Investment program.

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Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Aquatics, Camp Reed, Central YMCA, Health and Wellness, Healthy Living, Impact In Action, Membership, North YMCA, Partners For Youth, School Age Care, Social Responsibility, Sports and Recreation, Summer Activities, Summer Camp, Teen, Togetherhood, Volunteer, Welcome, Y Stories, YMCA Gives Back, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, Youth Investment, Youth Sports |

Keeping Kids on Track

Keeping Kids on Track

When school ends, many children from low-income families lose access to resources important for positive development such as nutritious meals, adult supervision and activities that keep them engaged mentally.

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