Nicko was the only boy among six sisters in a household without many resources. Loneliness, frustration and endless energy translated into behavioral issues. YMCA Sports Camp gave Nicko an outlet for his energy and a sense of hope for his future. When Nicko needed camp, the Y was there.
Your gift turns helplessness into healing
Haasini’s mother was rebuilding their lives after leaving an abusive marriage. At Y Summer Camp, Haasini found a refuge with consistent mentors, positive distractions and friends. When Haasini needed camp, the Y was there.
Your gift helps turn self-doubt into strength
Anastasia discovered a second home at YMCA Camp Santa Maria when she needed it most. Every summer, she found a peaceful retreat where she could regroup no matter what was going on in life. When Anastatia needed camp, the Y was there.
Your gift helps turn boredom into boldness
Brandon came to the US from Mexico when he was 5. His child advocate sought to keep him busy and out of trouble in the summer — especially as he grew into adolescence. Y Teen Camps gave Brandon mentors and positive peer groups disguised as fun. When Brandon needed camp, the Y was there.