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Local YMCA celebrating Father’s Day

June 18th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

On Sunday, June 21, the Cumberland YMCA joins the nation in celebrating Father’s Day and recognizing the impact fathers and adult male role models make in children’s lives. Nationally, one out of three children lives in a home without their biological father, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Additionally, societal factors such as unemployment, work-life balance or a lack of resources can affect fathers’ ability to seek support in strengthening their parenting skills and more fully engaging in the lives of their children. A leading nonprofit in fostering positive youth development, the Y remains dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for fathers to further involve themselves in the well-being and development of their children.  

“Father’s Day is about celebrating dad, but also recognizing the importance of children growing up with involved, responsible, and committed fathers and adult male role models,” said Don Enterline, CEO, Cumberland YMCA. “Father’s Day reminds us why it’s important to provide fathers with the support they need to be the best parents and caregivers they can be.”

 

Studies show that children with close relationships with their fathers and other adult male role models have more self-confidence and exhibit less depression, perform better academically and engage in significantly less drug and alcohol use. 

The Cumberland YMCA offers  a variety of programs that foster understanding and companionship between children and their caregivers such as Reach and Rise (a mentoring program), indoor soccer sessions, Camp Bright Star (a summer camp for children with special needs), Y Teens After School Programs, and YTeens Program.  In communities across the country, the Y is committed to ensuring that the 9 million children and teens in YMCA programs reach their full potential by helping them grow—physically, mentally and socially—from young children into active, engaged members of their communities. To learn more about programs and activities available at the Cumberland YMCA, contact Don Enterline at 301-777-9622, donenterline@cumberlandymca.net, visit cumberlandymca.org and follow us on facebook – Cumberland YMCA.

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