“I am Y” tells the stories of Y members and staff and the transformative power of community. This is Jamine’s story:
“I came to Burlington for medical school. I had my 18-month-old daughter, and I was doing it all by myself. I have dealt with major financial challenges as a single parent in medical school. The Y has helped us through all of it, financially and emotionally.
“Child care at the Y has that community feel. It’s not only your child – they care for your entire family. It’s everything your child needs for their overall wellbeing. It feels like a home base.
“Phoebe came to the Y as a very shy, quiet child. She struggled with separation anxiety. The Y helped us. The child care team unlocked her ability to communicate and express her feelings, her emotions, and her compassion for other kids. They shared techniques to work on, a lot of which Phoebe brought home to use. They helped her cultivate her personality. It was always there, but they allowed it to shine through, and for my daughter to feel like she’s in a safe place where she can be herself. I’ve seen her come into this person in a very mature way that the Y had a big hand in nurturing.”
The Y is here for Phoebe and Jasmine, and here for you. Join us at the new Y, opening January 1, 2020.