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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…

Knicks guard Hardaway Jr. dazzles Queens kids at Citi Field

New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the Big Apple after competing against the U.S. National Team to share his story as part of the Citi Kids program, an educational and motivational community-based initiative for middle and high school students. About 200 students ages 6-12 from YMCAs in Flushing and Ridgewood were in attendance at Citi Field Aug. 4 to hear Hardaway share his passion for basketball and the steps he took to attain his dream of playing in the NBA. Read more…

Careers take root

In Greenpoint, 13 local teens are spending their free time figuring out ways to improve the north Brooklyn neighborhood. They’re participating in an environmental summer education program called S.Y.S.T.E.M, which extends science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning outside of the classroom by treating Greenpoint, and the greater New York area, as a living laboratory. The seven week program was developed by the Greenpoint YMCA in partnership with the New York University Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education. Read more…

Jamaica JAMS! Even when it rains

Despite sometimes heavy rain, the 18th annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer Festival, fondly known as JAMS, took place Aug. 1 and 2, in Rufus King Park and along Jamaica Avenue. Thousands of residents and visitors lined up to purchase such tasty culinary treats as grilled corn, meats and candy apples, and sipped soft drinks and lemonade as they perused the stalls of the numerous vendors who displayed their enticing bargains. Read more…

Greenpoint Y campers show their spirit

Campers at the Greenpoint YMCA competed against each other for the Spirit Awards last Friday. The theme of this year's Spirit Day Show was "YMCA's Amazing Race" which took family and friends all around the world as they watched dances and skits, and appreciated art and costumes. Even the counselors got involved, leading camp cheers and showing off their own YMCA spirit. Read more…

Ballerina star Michele Wiles visits Bed-Stuy YMCA

Professional ballerina Michele Wiles treated 23 campers to a ballet lesson Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA. The event is just one highlight offered to the over three hundred kids participating in the Y’s summer camp for kids, which runs through August. The participants taking this class were part of the Creative Camp, in which 60 kids in the age range of 7-9 and 10-12 are focusing on the performing arts. Read more…