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The YMCA Teen Achievers 27th Anniversary Celebration

On June 10th, the YMCA of Central Florida gathered past and present Teen Achievers to celebrate the program’s 27th anniversary.

Launched in 1980, Teen Achievers is a free program which was designed to support the academic and professional success of middle school and high school students in the Central Florida community. Teen Achievers relies on a network of volunteers who donate their time and energy into mentoring and serving as a positive role model for students in the program. These Adult Achievers provide academic support to the students and assist with career planning and college preparation so that each student is on the path to reach their fullest potential.

At this year’s inaugural banquet, the theme was “Continuing the Legacy.” U.S. Diplomat Calvin Hayes served as the keynote speaker for the celebration. Hayes, who grew up in Orlando and attended Jones High School, graduated from the YMCA of Central Florida’s Teen Achievers program in 2006 and credits the Y with setting him up for success. The Florida A&M alumnus has gone onto to serve his community through public service, working for the Department of State, United States Congress, Florida House of Representatives and City of Orlando.

Local high school seniors who were awarded with college scholarships at this year’s banquet included:
· Jania Lowe
· Kaelyn Spencer
· Angel Ortiz
· Denzelle Turner
· Kiara Fortillien
· Isaiah Pratt
· Aunasia Tuner

The YMCA of Central Florida is proud to have worked alongside and served these seniors and is excited to watch their success stories unfold over the coming years.

OUC Lunch in the Garden Event

As part of our Communities for Health initiative, we joined OUC – The Reliable One to launch a successful “Lunch in the Garden Event”.  Organizations such as Seed2Source, OUC, and the YMCA of Central Florida, combined efforts to educate employees on sustainable farming, healthful eating, and how to take food farm-to-table.  Our very own Healthy Eating Director, Gary Appelsies, demonstrated how anyone can prepare the healthful meal that they all enjoyed.

What’s Cooking at the YMCA

Most people know the Y as the place that invented basketball, volleyball and swim lessons. And while this will always be true, the Y has expanded its cause to strengthen communities in ways that few other private, public or nonprofit organizations can. As one of the region’s oldest and largest nonprofits, the Y of Central Florida has always dreamed big. And it’s on a mission to improve the lives of 600,000 neighbors, a 20 percent tipping point of the population, through its cause-driven focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility…