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Best Summer Internship Ever

This hilarious video underscores the YMCA's role as one of New York City's leading youth employers. The organization currently employs more than 5,000 full- and part-time and seasonal staff members across New York City -- including more than 1,800 youth staff between the ages of 14 and 24 currently working primarily in citywide camps and after school programs. Read more…

High hopes for Queens students

Cindy Pietrakowski and Yulin Yang spent their summers as YMCA interns. Now, these Queens students and three others were selected to be included in a Bank of America program called Student Leaders. The project is geared to 200 or more high school juniors and seniors who are also active in their school community. Each of the student leaders chosen was given an eight-week internship and an invitation to attend a national leadership summit in Washington, DC. Read more…

‘Don’t touch his head:’ A day in the life of Mr. Met

Cross Island YMCA campers got an opportunity to get up close and personal with Mr. Met. While campers were at a baseball clinic with actual Mets players Josh Edgin and Eric Campbell, Mr. Met was the biggest celebrity around. For the next half-hour, he poses for pictures, dishes out "high fours" (Mr. Met only has four fingers on each hand) and gestures his way through questions shouted from every direction – "Are you the real Mr. Met?" and "Are you wearing a costume?" are two of the favorites. But mostly, he attempts to avoid starting a riot. Read more…

Greenpoint Y ushers in a new crop of environmental activists

Over the past five years, the Y has partnered with New York University’s (NYU) Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education, Broadway Stages, and ExxonMobil to offer select high school students a chance to participate in the Summer Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program (SYSTEM). During the program, students learn the imprtance of environmental studies. Keith Hicks, the Executive Director at the Greenpoint Y said, “Teens continue to explore ways to create a more sustainable environment using Lentol Garden as a workstation. We are proud of what the teens have accomplished and the great impact the program continues to have on the teens and the community.” Read more…

SYSTEM celebrates another successful summer program

Greenpoint YMCA campers were invited to a lesson in science, technology, engineering and math by local SYSTEM students. There campers learned how important the environment is to their local neighborhoods. Greenpoint YMCA president Keith Hicks thanked the sponsors, children and team leaders for helping put the program together once again. “Every year we have this, and it is one of my favorite events in the summertime,” Hicks said. “I wouldn’t have missed this for the world.” Read more…

Internship program builds leadership skills

Cindy Pietrakowski and Yulin Yang were among 200 outstanding juniors and seniors who were recognized for demonstrating a commitment to community engagement and volunteerism. The students were each placed in a paid eight-week internship and traveled to Washington D.C. for a national Student Leadership Summit. Now, Pietrakowski and Yang are both interning at the Vanderbilt YMCA. After trying out all the departments, Pietrakowski decided to settle in to camp administration. Yang has been planning the Longevity Luncheon. Read more…

Gillibrand tours Brooklyn YMCA summer camp after neighborhood complaints

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Councilmember Stephen Levin visited the Dodge YMCA summer day camp. Senator Gillibrand is a strong supporter of encouraging math and science amongst children. The two hoped their visit would highlight the importance of summer learning. “This is a great public-private partnership of amazing people bringing kids into a summer camp environment where they can learn about math and science,” Gillibrand said. “To get kids this age interested — 8, 9 and 10 years old — inspires them and hopefully leads them to explore careers in these fields. Read more…