Another Great Year for the YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP)

The Countdown to YMAP Graduation is on! We are only one week away!

YMAP Grad is a time where our youth come together to celebrate another year of program passed. New friends were made, friendships deepened and life long relationships were built. We learned about our community, compassion, and built practical skills to transfer out of YMAP. Every week we came together to share ideas, participate in new activities, learn more about ourselves, and have fun. We also had the opportunity to see each other outside of regular programming at Kick-Off, YMAP Olympics, Camp, and now YMAP Graduation.

It has been an incredible year and it is exciting to get a preview of what the future holds for the youth that have been in YMAP.

For some of our youth YMAP continues into Summer. Some will be involved with our Summer Explorers program attending Summer School and giving back to the community through volunteering. Others will strengthen their leadership skills and practice what they have learnt this year through our Summer Leader Program. Youth will be learning about philanthropy and hearing from guest speakers that span the non-profit sector. With this knowledge base they will find an organization that they are passionate about, represent them in the community and raise money for their cause.

For some of our youth Graduation will be their last YMAP event. We meet this milestone with mixed emotions. We will miss seeing our YMAP Leaders each week but we are grateful for the opportunity to see them belong, grow, thrive, and lead through YMAP. They will carry their gifts, the YMAP and YMCA experience to the larger community. We wish them the best and are excited to hear about the next steps in their journey.