Thank You, Capital Region Literacy!

This week I had the honor of meeting Joe Bedard of Capital Region Literacy at a quarterly Children’s Roundtable meeting. He was a kind man who spoke of the ever growing problem with our youth being illiterate. I was moved by his words and connected with him via email after the meeting.

Capital Region Literacy donates books to youth in need, either free of charge or for 75 cents or less per book! In most cases, you need only pay shipping. What’s amazing is that they are popular titles, too! This is a great organization that is doing inspiring work across the Capital Region in Pennsylvania.

Joe was fantastic, quickly offering to donate a few boxes of books to the Camp Curtin YMCA. I was lucky enough to be able to be the one to pick up the books, and wow! was I impressed with the amount of books Joe has to give away to youth in need. Joe was incredible and donated six boxes, totaling to a little over 100 books for our youth and their families.

While meeting with Joe, I also got to learn about authors who inspire him, stories that make him laugh, and the psychology behind the two halves of the mind! He even taught me the President’s Handshake.

I am honored to have been able to work with Joe Bedard of Capital Region Literacy, and I hope that Camp Curtin is able to work with this wonderful organization again in the future!

Joe mentioned that the organization is always accepting donations. If you or a loved one would like to donate, perhaps on behalf of Camp Curtin or another organization, let me know and I will get you in contact with Joe!

Below are some photos of the books he donated to us! We received coloring books, the classics, manga, science books, historical fiction, and more!



Hello to my followers and guests alike! I have some thrilling news to share with you today.

After one month serving as the Member Services Director at the YMCA Camp Curtin, I have been promoted to be the Program Development Director!

I am so excited to share this news. I am excited to take over this role as I will be able to implement new programs, maintain and sustain our current programming, and evaluate how our programs are doing, as well as write grants to fund our programs.

Thank you to those who have supported me through this all! I am forever grateful.

Harrisburg Area 164th Annual Meeting

Today, I had the opportunity to attend Harrisburg Area’s 164th Annual Meeting- a gathering of the four YMCAs in the Harrisburg Area organization. It was a beautiful event, and I had a wonderful time hearing from marvelous speakers and watching inspiring videos.

I even got to hear from Ferguson “Fergie” Jenkins, pitcher from the Chicago Cubs! He spoke about teamwork and being a team player.

Below are some photos from the event.

Thanksgiving at the YMCA

On Monday, I had a lot to be grateful for. A new job that I love, a supportive community, and happy, healthy youth in our facility… and that’s just the beginning of the list!

I got to share my excitement by giving back to our community on Monday the 19th, when we held a Thanksgiving Feast at the YMCA. Staff was introduced as we walked out to see our loving members- here’s a picture of me walking out- and everyone was applauding, happy to see us!


I had the privilege of serving our members food- mac and cheese, turkey, ham, green beans, yams, the works! It was amazing!

I am excited to continue serving at the Camp Curtin YMCA- what a wonderful year lies ahead of me.

2nd Annual Turkey Giveaway

Phew! Another long day, a wonderfully successful event. The Chris “Handles” Franklin Foundation partnered with my YMCA, the Camp Curtin YMCA, to host a fantastic event that registered 150 people to receive a free turkey and Thanksgiving basket with all the trimmings. The event saw lots of smiles and laughs, and everyone had an amazing time meeting Chris and selecting their basket contents for this holiday season!

Teen Achievers even came out to help with the event- it was great to see so many familiar faces helping out!

Enjoy these photos that I took from the event!

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A busy day at the YMCA

Girls A.I.M. was a success today! We discussed healthy friendships versus unhealthy friendships. They loved it. The girls had so much to say! Then they identified positive relationships in their lives and created thank you cards for those people.

In addition to this program, I was able to attend my first Regional meeting in my new position at the YMCA. I had a great time learning from my new peers and they were helpful and welcoming. I also got to hear from some awesome speakers!

Girls All In Motion (Girls A.I.M.): Day 1

Good morning folks, today I will be talking a bit about Girls All In Motion, or Girls A.I.M., which I will be a facilitator for at my new position with Camp Curtin YMCA. I am excited about this program because it helps young girls (ages 8-12) build a positive self-image and sets them on a path to reach their full potential in life by focusing on physical activity, balanced eating, and self-development.

I will be facilitating a group today that will be about friendship, and the qualities of a good friend. This will be an exciting topic for the girls because at such a young age, a lot of their life revolves around their friendships they have with their peers. It is essential that they understand what makes a good friend, and to have them be able to identify good friends in their lives.

To teach this lesson, I am going to start out by talking about how their day went at school. I will find out what made their day awesome, and then ask who helped make their day awesome. Then, I will ask them to tell me more about what makes that person so great. What are they like? We will create a list of qualities about those awesome people.

Next, I will ask if there was anyone who made their day not-so-awesome- and if so, why? What are they like? I will write down the qualities of those people next to our list of good qualities, to compare the two.

After spending just a few minutes on that question, I will ask the girls who they would rather spend time with, and why. We will identify that good qualities about good friends will make for a better time for everyone. Then, we will spend a few minutes identifying who our good friends are in our lives.

Once we have identified who our good friends are, we will spend the rest of the time creating Thank You cards that say thank you for being a great friend to our favorite people. This will allow the girls to learn how to express gratitude, all while learning what the qualities of a good friend is.

I’m excited to teach this lesson today, and look forward to meeting the girls in the group!