A Y Superhero inspires and keeps kids safe
Did you know that the most dangerous times for children are weekdays between 3:00-6:00pm? These times are when 30% of America’s middle-school aged children are left on their own after the school day ends, and before parents get home from work. These unsupervised hours are when students are most likely to get into trouble. That’s why the Salem Family YMCA offers Y Pass.
Each day after school, a YMCA bus picks up Andrew Lewis Middle School students and brings them to the Y to socialize, get homework help and stay active and healthy. Students love it and parents know that Y Pass is more than child care. It’s a place where students learn new skills, develop healthy relationships and build self-confidence. Y-Pass is where youth get essential mentoring from superhero staff like Roderick.
Rodrick works each day with Y-pass youth to offer activities and help them discover their potential. “I just want every kid in Y-Pass to be OK with who they are,” Rodrick said, “I know what each kid wants to be when they grow up…and I want to help them get there.”
Caption: Rodrick dresses up like Captain America for the 2014 YMCA Fall Festival
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