Long Island, NY – On August 6, 2013, YMCA of Long Island President & CEO, Anne N. Brigis, and YMCA of LI Chairman of the Board and Benefactor Scott Sammis dived with the sharks at the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center to raise awareness for the Y’s FREE Pre-Teen & Teen Center Program across Long Island. Thirty-five pre-teens and teens from the YMCA Summer Day Camp, as well as several YMCA Board Members attended the event cheer Anne and Scott on. “It was a tremendous opportunity to now only showcase the importance of our pre-teen and teen program, but also a chance to show youngsters the importance of embracing the challenges before them. And believe me – sharks are a challenge!” said Anne Brigis.
The YMCA Pre-Teen and Teen Center Program offers youth–both members and non members- access to the Y’s state-of-the-art facilities across Long Island on Friday and Saturday evenings during the school year FREE of charge (membership at the Y is not necessary to participate. Strengthening the foundations of the community is at the heart of the YMCA of Long Island’s mission, and giving pre-teens and teens a safe and structured environment to socialize, and explore their interests is aligned with the organization’s cause.
Since its inception in 1995, more than 260,000 youngsters have made the most of the Y’s Pre-Teen and Teen Centers – enjoying recreational swimming, fitness facilities, dance classes, aerobics, computers, basketball and more. Kids who have come through the Y’s pre-teen and teen centers have cited that they have created bonds, built lasting friendships, and felt welcomed and supported.
About the YMCA of Long Island
The YMCA of Long Island is a cause-driven, community-based nonprofit organization that works to foster Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. The YMCA of Long Island operates facilities in Glen Cove, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Huntington, Brookhaven, and East Hampton. It also has a number of Family Services counseling sites and operates 27 child care sites across Long Island. In total, the Y offers hundreds of programs and activities to improve the quality of life for more than 60,000 children, families and individuals year-round. Learn more at www.ymcali.org.