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The Racine Family YMCA wants residents to consider one-year-old Zoe for President of the United States … in 2064. “Vote for Zoe” is a year-long national campaign to call attention to the YMCA’s youth programs. Here in the Racine area, the Racine Family YMCA will hold a special open house Tuesday at its Sealed Air campus to encourage members to get more involved in the activities that make a difference in the lives of Racine youth. “The goal is remind people that we are one organization, and our mission is to make positive differences in the lives of young people so they can realize their full potential,” YMCA COO Ahmad Qawi told Racine County Eye. To call attention to those programs, an open house event is planned at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday – election day – at the Sealed Air Y where members can visit tables to learn more about community programs like Young Leaders Academy, School Age Child Care, Summer Day Camp, Focus on Fathers, Salsa Sabor y Salud, and Safety Around Water. “This yearlong campaign will highlight the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way,” a press release about the event reads. Jeffrey Collen, CEO of the Racine Family YMCA, hopes the “Vote for Zoe” campaign event Tuesday highlights for members what their membership fees support and how they can get more involved. “(Y programs give) kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president,” he said in the press release. “The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.” More, Collen said the Y’s Strong Communities initiatives aims to:
  • Reverse the negative trend of low academic achievement and negative stereotypical behavior of youth
  • Promote and ensure educational opportunities for all children
  • Build positive developmental assets in all young people, strengthen families, and mobilize resources to nurture and sustain the building of strong communities
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