WESTFIELD — The Westfield Area Y Achievers Program for high school students is collecting toys for all ages in collaboration with Young Men of Resilience for the Ozanam Family Shelter in Edison and Beth Israel Medical Center. Donations of gift wrap, gift bags and tape are welcome and can be placed in the blue container by the Main Y front door marked “Achievers Service Project” until Dec. 11. Gifts should be wrapped and marked with tags indicating gender and age range.
The Achievers Program began at the Harlem YMCA in 1968 as a conduit to helping youth develop life coping skills and education goals. The program began at the Westfield Area Y 16 years ago and matches youth with successful minority professionals as role models in an effort to raise the academic standards of young people, expose students to diverse career options and inspire them to reach their goals. The Achievers also participate in community service activities, celebrate Black History Month and receive college prep tutoring and essay assistance.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Visit www.westfieldynj.org to learn more about Westfield Area Y programs. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.
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