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Kids revel in a ‘Winter Wonderland’ at JFK

With some holiday magic, an airplane hangar in JFK’s Terminal 2 became a winter wonderland last Wednesday. As part of the 4th annual “JFK Holiday in the Hangar” event, a nationwide program hosted by Delta Airlines and the YMCA, 150 students from PS 154 in the Bronx were treated to a day of fun in Queens. Read more…

Yankees’ Martin Prado, Mets’ Vic Black celebrate Christmas with Bronx kids

About 150 children from PS 154 in The Bronx boarded a Delta airplane heading for the North Pole. Once it got there, they hung out with Yankees third basaeman Marin Prado, ex-Yankee Cecil Fielder, Mets pitcher Victor Black and and Mrs. Met; played games; and even met Santa Claus. It all happened at John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning during the fifth annual Holiday at the Hangar hosted by Delta and the Bronx YMCA. Delta donated $10,000. Read more…

Greenpoint Y looks to reduce gender gap in STEM careers

The Greenpoint YMCA is leading the charge to get young women invested in careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Beginning in October, the YMCA launched a pilot program, the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technological Achievement for Girls (BETAgirls) – funded and supported by MasterCard, to promote the learning of STEM fields particularly among young women from low-income families all across the city. Read more…

Newly arrived immigrants navigate their first American Thanksgiving turkey and all

At an English-language conversation practice group at the Harlem YMCA in New York City, about a dozen immigrants compared their thoughts on Thanksgiving, which, to some, was still a bit mystifying. Thanksgiving is perhaps the quintessential immigrant holiday, with the kitchen and the dinner table providing edible manifestations of family traditions, geographical roots and the fusing and evolution of cultural identities. Chicken can stand in for turkey; sticky rice can replace mashed potatoes; the whole meal can revolve around a pot of gumbo or paella. Read more…

5 Big-value must-have family memberships

The YMCA is a NYC classic: Tried and true, it boasts 24 locations throughout the city’s five boroughs. Plus, you know what you get with the Y: a wide range of just-right classes and activities for everyone in the family, including a gym for you (often with on-site childcare so you can bring along the kid), afterschool care, competitive youth sports teams and weekend offerings. Read more…

Greenpoint YMCA pilots new BETAGirls coding program

11 girls from across the city arer currently enrolled in the Business, Entrepreneurship and Technological Achievement for Girls (BETAGirls) Program at the Greenpoint YMCA.The program, which is made possible through support from MasterCard, is a year-long registered “Girls Who Code” program that meets after school to teach the girls how to use Java Script. The pilot program began in October of this year. Read more…