June 2016

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati - President's Template

News from YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
President and CEO

Engage, ignite, achieve

Dear Y Friends,

This is a season we thank and celebrate family.  Last month we celebrated the moms and women who love and care for us throughout our life.  In June, we honor the dads and men who provide role models and guidance for all our children. 

As graduation ceremonies abound, we are so proud of the young graduates who have completed the next level of their education and are ready to embark upon their journey to adulthood.  

Parenthood and education take dedication, determination, hard work and love.  We can never underestimate the power of caring parents and adults in the healthy formation of children and youth.  To all of the adults who care for children and give so much of yourselves - your time and your sacrifice – we say thanks from the bottom of our hearts.  And to the youth who have achieved success by graduating, we say well done and congratulations.  We can’t wait to see how you rise and shine as future leaders and caring adults in our community.  You are all such an important part of our Y family and we celebrate the caring and accomplished men and women you are.

We are family!


Sandy Walker President

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Achieve And Succeed


The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Black and Latino Achievers Program is a college readiness and career exploration program, which provides teens with the essential tools to pursue higher education and to indentify different career opportunities.

On June 9, 2016, the Y held a celebration at Thomas More College for 17 senior Teen Achievers graduating high school and moving on to college. All graduates were acknowledged for their successes, scholarships that they have received and internships they have secured.

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Expanding Borders


“This program has made me love the Y and develop new ways to reach out to our diverse community, right here in Greater Cincinnati,” said Mark Bryant (Clermont Family YMCA).  Bryant and Kristi Rohrkasse (Carl H. Lindner YMCA) were among 80 YMCA staff and volunteers from around the globe, selected to take part in the Youth Summit of the Americas, held recently in Bogota, Colombia.

“Kristi and Mark met with Y staff from across America, Canada, Latin American and the Caribbean to experience the impact of social programs led by the Y in Bogota, exchange best practices in community bridge building and social inclusion work,” said Ted Saulnier, vice-president of human resources at the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati.  He also oversees the local Y’s Diversity and Inclusion program.

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Serving Together


At the YMCA, strengthening community is our cause but we can’t do it alone.  Strong partnerships with individuals and organizations enable us to strengthen community, working to nurture the potential of children, improve community health and well-being, while giving back and supporting our neighbors.

One partnership that we are proud of is with the Navy Reserves; Cincinnati is the hub for physical training for reserves in Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia.  Recently, 60 Navy reserves had a physical training day at the Richard E. Lindner YMCA in Norwood.  “Days like today do so much to build morale,” said James Chaney with the Reserves. “The YMCA is so great in accommodating us as we train.”


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