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Friday Nights at the Y

May 28, 2015 1:15 PM

One important way our city can make a difference is through collaboration with other organizations and Friday Nights at the Y is one great example.

Beginning on Friday, May 29th, both Lussier Family East & West YMCA branches will be open from 8-11:30 PM on Friday nights for teens age 13-18 looking for a place to come together and simply have fun.  The branches will offer sports, dancing, and other fitness activities, engaging body, mind and spirit.

The Y is a great community partner and I am delighted that Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis and Police Chief Mike Koval have committed themselves and their officers to being involved.  It is a great way for officers and fire fighters to work and play with youth as we move forward to address racial and economic disparities between groups across the city.

I am very grateful to Carrie Wall, CEO and President of the YMCA of Dane County, for her work on this effort.  The Y is committed to bringing people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds together.  At the Y, youth development is a key priority and making sure kids have a safe place to come on a Friday night is a wonderful opportunity.

As a city, we have more work to do, but this effort of opening these doors to even more youth, especially to kids and families who need us most, is a positive step.

I appreciate the support that the community has shown. Please continue to show your support by spreading the word and coming out to the Lussier Family West branch, Friday, May 29th at 8:30 PM for the Kickoff of Friday Nights at the Y!

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