When school lets out for the summer, low-income students lose two months of reading achievement while middle-income students progress by one month. At the Y, we believe every child deserves the resources to achieve. That's why we provide year-round academic support.
Marietta and Haddy are the best examples of the cumulative effects of the YMCA. They met in elementary school, but cemented their friendship in YMCA programs. Thanks to donations to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, they were able to participate in Camp High Hopes, Y Learning and Leaders Club – programs that helped them achieve in the classroom and in life.
“The Annual Campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to get on the same level playing field,” said Haddy. “Without the campaign, kids like me wouldn’t be able to participate.”
Today, Marietta and Haddy are college students and YMCA Summer Day Camp Counselors who are determined to be part of the next generation of positive change at the Y.