YMCA Tree Lot supports youth development – Outlook Newspapers

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First published in the December 2 print issue of Outlook Vallée Soleil.

The YMCA of the Foothills Annual Lot Tree, in partnership with J’s Maids and Gomez Landscape & Tree Care, recently opened.
All guests are invited to browse the wide selection of ultra-premium trees at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA. Every tree sold supports youth programs.
“The YMCA makes all young people a sense of belonging to our programs,” said Chelsea Lawrence, Youth Programs Manager. “It’s so essential for us to have these programs in place. They meet a real need within our community, and the success of the subdivision helps us determine the financial support and accessibility that we can provide throughout the year.
Athletic Coordinator Noah Bernstein and his nine younger siblings grew up benefiting from YMCA programs.
“People tell stories about our family here at the Y,” said Bernstein, “often referring to a mother duck (my mother) and her ducklings walking in a row ready for a fun day. Every day, we came to the Y ready to learn, play, grow and interact with the world around us.
Some of Bernstein’s earliest memories go back to the Y. As an adult he can appreciate the valuable lessons learned and finds joy in setting an example for our young members.
“Here at the same YI where I grew up, I can give young people the same access to all of these amazing life lessons,” said Bernstein.
The Tree Lot has benefited Y youth and adolescent programs for 56 years. There are over 300 high school students who serve as youth or government delegates or volunteer their time to the community on a weekly basis through YMCA programs.
The YMCA Tree Lot will be open and ready to serve until December 20, Monday through Thursday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For more information, contact Kat Corona-Pilgrim at kcoronapilgrim@ymcafoothills.org, or visit YMCAfoothills.org/tree-lot.

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