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YMCA offers Free Memberships for Drug Court Diversion Participants

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Y-STRONG Helps Accompany Alternative Sentences through Summit County Courts

— The Akron Area YMCA announces “Y-STRONG” – a program developed to assist defendants battling addiction.

The program was the result of the YMCA’s collaboration with Judge Thomas A. Teodosio and Judge Joy Malek Oldfield, who preside over two Summit County drug courts.

“Y-STRONG” is a three-month complimentary YMCA membership available for participants of Summit County Common Pleas Court’s Turning Point Program and the Akron Municipal Court’s Recovery Court who have maintained six months of sobriety and are exhibiting positive life-style changes.

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YMCA’s Summer Camps Offer a Variety of Experiences, Endless Opportunities for Fun and Growth (Part 2) – 2013-06-28


By: Katie Sobiech

Did you know that the Akron Area YMCA has a variety of camp choices that they offer, year-round? It’s all up to the parent and child as to what they choose, and the opportunities are endless…

“Campers embark upon a learning adventure in a secure environment and bridge the gap between childhood and adulthood,” Doreen Vanchoff, Director of Marketing and Communications for the YMCA, said of their camps.

Along with having fun, kids grow in character as well.

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YMCA’s Summer Camps Offer a Variety of Experiences, Endless Opportunities for Fun and Growth (Part 1 of 2) – 2013-06-22

YMCA’s Phoenix School

By: Katie Sobiech

Summer camp is a great time for kids to make new friends, gain independence, learn new things and have a whole lot of fun. And there is nothing quite like the local YMCA Camp.

Have you ever sent your kids to camp, or even considered it? You might after discovering all that goes on there.

Some exciting things planned for campers this summer include horseback riding, shooting a bow and arrow, climbing, kayaking, canoeing, archery, bb guns, swimming, and learning about nature.

“And along with the fun activities we teach kids core values, such as responsibility, caring, honesty and respect. We focus on that. It gives a deeper understanding of what it means to grow in character, not just skills,” Taylor Ellis, Girls Village Director, said.

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YMCA’s Phoenix School Gets Kids on the Right Track – 2013-06-14

YMCA’s Phoenix School

By: Katie Sobiech

Kids these days face a lot. There are multitudes of kids with different issues, and the proper care isn’t always easy to find.

Where do kids with special needs and behavior issues go to get the help they need to stay in school?

The Akron area YMCA’s Phoenix Alternative School provides a place where troubled youth, grades 4-12th, can receive close attention, getting them back on track and into their school systems quickly.

“The focus is on behavior management,” Tony Grimes, East Akron YMCA, Executive Director, said of the program.

The average student stays for 6 months, about a semester long, before returning to their public school.

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True North Ministry Grows, Partners with Local YMCA – 2013-05-13

True North Landscaping

By Katie Sobiech

True North Ministry is expanding its reach beyond the juvenile facilities of our community. Since we last did an article about the ministry, they have made several changes, including: career readiness programs, a landscaping company, and a partnership with YMCA.

Executive Director Becky Retzer started the ministry in 2002 when she saw a tremendous need in the juvenile penal system. From those humble beginnings, the organization is now sitting on 28 acres of beautiful farm property, utilizing 200 volunteers, and running programs in six different Ohio prison facilities.

“Our mission is to liberate imprisoned youth in the State of Ohio. We see liberation as the complete transformation of the mind, body, soul, and spirit,” said Nate Slaughter, Communications Specialist.

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