YMAP Participant Spreads Positive Messages

Charles has been an active participant of the YMCA Achievement Program (YMAP) since his family moved from Nigeria several years ago. He will be graduating from YMAP as well as high school this year, and plans to study nursing in post-secondary. Charles is a diligent student, passionate chef, and active rugby player.

 Although he is responsible, reliable and always engaged at YMAP, Charles is a quiet individual who takes a little longer to get to know. I began to understand him on a deeper level when he attended the Western Canadian Leadership Conference at Camp Chief Hector this February. Although this was his first time seeing the Rocky Mountains, his excitement and appreciation for the outdoors seemed very natural. I watched him open up and gain a sense of confidence, which has continued to grow over the past months. Since then, I have gained a better understanding of his leadership style; Charles is one of those who may not speak often or loudly, but when he does he makes sure that what he has to say is meaningful and worth listening to.

This week at YMAP our group was working on a fundraising project and I noticed that Charles was writing something on the laptop, which was projected for the room to see. I was not only surprised and touched to read his thoughts about the group, but also blown away by how he expressed such a deep understanding of YMCA values in his poem. Without further ado, I will let Charles tell you the rest – please enjoy his wonderful piece of work!

AWESOME YMAPERS.

By: Charles Ibe

A COMMUNITY THAT IS DIFFERENT IN CULTURE AND LANGUAGE.

A COMMUNITY THAT IS DIFFERENT IN AGE, COLOUR, AND HEIGHT.

A COMMUNITY THAT IS DIFFERENT IN EVERYWAY YOU COULD IMAGINE.

A COMMUNITY WHERE YOU COULD TELL IT IS A FAMILY.

A COMMUNITY THAT IS UNITED IN EVERYWAY.

A COMMUNITY THAT IS SPECIAL IN EVERYWAY.

A COMMUNITY WHERE YOU CAN’T BREAK DOWN THINGS.

A COMMUNITY WHERE EVERYONE SMILES AND LAUGH.

A COMMUNIY WHERE WE ARE DIFFERENT IN NATURE.

A COMMUNITY WHERE WE ORGANIZE THINGS THAT COULD NEVER BE DONE.

A COMMUNITY WHERE ONCE SOMEONE IS DOWN, EVERONE IS THERE FOR THE PERSON.

A COMMUNITY WHERE EVERYONE IS INVOLVED.

A COMMUNITY WHERE YOU DON’T FEEL LEFT OUT OF THE GROUP.

AFTER A DAY OF YMAP, YOU GO HOME FEELING SPECIAL AND CONNECTED.


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