YMCA And CMPD Prevent Crime With Summer Program

Jun 5, 2017
Crystal Hogue / WFAE

Crime often spikes in the summer. The YMCA and CMPD are trying to prevent teenagers from being swept up in criminal activity with a new summer program.

Courtesy of the Mcrorey Family YMCA

Benjamin Jealous, a former leader of the NAACP, spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in Charlotte. He spoke at two events, each representing a different generation.

Jealous began his morning at the Crown Ballroom at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It was the site of the 21st annual Martin Luther King prayer breakfast, sponsored by the YMCA.

The crowd of more than 1,000 bowed their heads as Dr. Rodney Sadler began the invocation.

Camp: Homesick And Happy

Jun 20, 2014
stevendepolo / Flickr/https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Summer is here and the kids are out of school. But instead of sitting around watching TV and playing on their iPhones, some parents will be sending their kids to summer camp - to hike and canoe their way around the outdoors, learn new skills and make lasting friendships. Michael Thompson, author of Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow says camp provides essential experiences for children. What he calls the "magic of camp" allows kids to mature and develop in a unique atmosphere away from school and home - teaching independence and values. But where does camp fit in an age of helicopter parents - where kids are rarely out of the sight of their folks? We'll explore the magic of camp and find out why kids need time away from home.

Local Teens Will Serve In Senegal Through YMCA

Nov 15, 2012
Tasnim Shamma

Deonte Howard is a sophomore at West Mecklenburg High School. His mom had some good news to share with him a few months ago.

"When my mom called me about the interview, said that I passed, I can tell she was crying," Howard says. "I was like, 'Wow, I'm actually going to Africa.'"

Howard, 16, is one of four high school students from Charlotte selected for the nine-day trip to West Africa through the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Global Service Learning Project. This will be his first time outside of North America.