South Mountain YMCA honors area teen as Youth of the Year

South Mountain YMCA honors area teen as Youth of the Year

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Morgan Andrews’ aspiration to become an early childhood teacher is rooted firmly in her experiences at the South Mountain YMCA. When she aged out of the YMCA’s Teen Adventure Camp after four summers, Andrews became a counselor-in-training and then a junior counselor at YKNOTS summer camp, caring for preschoolers and kindergarteners. She […]

Maple Leaf Awards to honor local volunteers

Maple Leaf Awards to honor local volunteers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The 51st annual Maple Leaf Award Ceremony and brunch on Sunday, May 5, will honor Mike David, Robert McCoy and Mike Summersgill with Maple Leaf Awards for volunteer and community service; Bardin Levavy will be honored posthumously. “This year’s Maple Leaf Award recipients includes both relatively long-time and more recent residents of […]

Metro YMCA receives 4-star rating for 8th straight year

Metro YMCA receives 4-star rating for 8th straight year

LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the eighth straight year, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges received the top rating from the largest charity evaluator in the United States for its strong financial health and commitment to transparency and accountability. “Only 4 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least eight consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating […]

7th annual JLOSH ‘Kids For Kids’ on March 2

7th annual JLOSH ‘Kids For Kids’ on March 2

MILLBURN, NJ — Community groups are joining forces for the seventh year in Millburn this March for a children’s volunteering event to help youngsters in need. “Kids For Kids,” organized by the Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, brings together local groups and children for a morning of hands-on volunteering and fun at […]

South Mountain YMCA’s Program Champions turn vision into reality

South Mountain YMCA’s Program Champions turn vision into reality

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Tom Kerns witnessed the benefits of mindfulness in teenagers and wanted younger children to learn it. Looking for ways to prevent bullying, Mike Summersgill believed character development would build resilience in children. Both turned to the South Mountain YMCA to set their vision in motion. Kerns and Summersgill became the South Mountain […]

Maplewood native teaches self defense to Tuscan students

Maplewood native teaches self defense to Tuscan students

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Carmen Puglio has been teaching elementary school students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District how to be street smart during the Beyond the Bell program on Thursdays and Fridays, giving kindergarten through fifth-grade students martial arts training so they know how to defend themselves and be aware of their surroundings. The Maplewood […]

South Mountain YMCA welcomes new youth sports dynamic duo

South Mountain YMCA welcomes new youth sports dynamic duo

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Jason Kelly, aka Coach Kelly, has been named the new director of youth sports and wellness at South Mountain YMCA in Maplewood. After playing football in college, Kelly pursued his passion for sports and wellness through a career coaching college football, while simultaneously earning his master’s degree in athletic administration from Springfield […]

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