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13th annual Unity Games take on even greater meaning than usual in 2015

The Unity Games, an annual event which incorporates basketball as a vehicle to bring children of different races and cultures together for a weekend of activities, will stage its 13th edition on March 21-22. With the support of the YMCA, the Games will provide workshops on Internet safety with a focus on cyber-bullying; gang awareness, cultural diversity, bullying and overcoming obstacles. The program is about understanding and tolerance of someone who is different, about erasing fears at an early age and making friends. Read more…

NYC launches new municipal ID program

Mayor de Blasio on Monday launched the city's new Municipal ID program, a New Yorker-only identification card expected to help thousands of undocumented immigrants. The cards, which look similar to a driver's license, are available to anyone over age 14 who can prove that he or she lives in the five boroughs. The applicant's immigration status won't be asked. Members will receive a 20% discount on all YMCA family pass memberships. Read more…

A toast to Karen Aletha Maybank MD, MPH

Since 2009, Dr. Karen Aletha Maybank led the Brooklyn District Public as assistant commissioner, and has made an indelible mark on the landscape of health across Brooklyn. On a festive evening in early December, representatives from various community organization including the YMCA, as well as government officials came together to raise a toast to honor her for her work and passion in the borough. 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…