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Published by Old Colony YMCA, 2019-10-18 09:10:59

OCY 2019 Annual Report

Changemakers

DEAR FRIENDS, A video presentation made exclusively for the event featured
the people and programs at our Y who are “change agents” for
There are five simple, yet powerful words often themselves and their communities, every day. Needless to say,
uttered by the President and CEO of YMCA of the USA, we were proud to be highlighted among our peers.
Kevin Washington:
But the story really isn’t about us. The story is
“YOUNG PEOPLE about young people:
CAN ACCOMPLISH
ANYTHING.” • A young woman, once without a home, who is now a college
graduate, wife, mother, mentor, and Y employee.
Leaders across the Y have shared similar sentiments for more
than a century. In fact, the YMCA is the largest organization • A young man who suffered immense loss early in his life and
serving youth in the world. In the United States alone, more now emulates the positive role models that shaped him into
than 9 million youth participate in Y programs like childcare, the young man he is today.
sports, arts, camp, healthy living programs, educational
enrichment, swimming, and so much more. • Thousands of young people at our Y (and millions
more like them) who make positive changes every day.
“So much more” is where Old Colony Y gets involved. While we
join our fellow Ys in offering important youth development and The Y must continue to offer the supportive, empowering
healthy living programs typically found in YMCAs, we also look environment youth need to find their passion, achieve their
for different ways to engage our future leaders. goals, and amplify their voice…there’s no telling how
far they’ll go.

So, what do we call the young people who are so passionate
and committed to improving their community?

Earlier this year, YMCA of the USA recognized our work in At the Y, we call them changemakers.
social and human services at the General Assembly, the largest
national gathering of the Y Movement. We were asked to serve In the pages that follow, we will introduce you to some of the
as an example of how YMCAs across the country can create people changing our community, every day, right before our
different opportunities for youth by offering services like eyes. With that in mind, we hope you will be inspired to follow
street outreach, emergency shelter, and mental their lead.
health counseling.

With gratitude,

John Twohig Vincent J. Marturano,
Chair, Board of Directors ACSW, MSW
President & CEO
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Number of facility visits 55% 2019 CHANGEMAKERS
1,362,409 61%
Number of campers 2,720
Number of people served 148,801 Number of camper weeks 12,164
73% who were served were age 17 or younger 55% of campers received financial assistance
Number of members 77,297 3,300 enrolled in childcare
61% of families received financial assistance

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ENJOYED MORE THAN 17,416 PROGRAM SESSIONS: NUMBER OF VOLUNTEERS 1,000+
ARTS 1,346 • ENRICHMENT CLASSES 1,262 • COMPETITIVE SWIMMING 340 AMOUNT RAISED FOR ANNUAL CAMPAIGN $2,142,045
SWIM LESSONS 6,437 • SPORTS LEAGUES AND CLASSES 6,241 • Y-ABILITY 275 AMOUNT PROVIDED IN AID TO THE COMMUNITY $8,522,342

366 CHILDREN AND ADULTS SERVED IN OUR LICENSED
MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC
220 SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS PROVIDED TO AREA SCHOOLS
211 CHILDREN PARTICIPATED IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
GAP PROGRAMS
382 CHILDREN AND TEENS PARTICIPATED IN MENTORING AND
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
215 CHILDREN INVOLVED WITH DCF SERVED BY OUR FAMILY SUPPORT PROGRAM
724 WOMEN, MEN, AND CHILDREN EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SERVED BY
OUR FAMILY SERVICES BRANCH

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CHILD CARE
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Childcare at the Y is so much more than caring about kids.
Positive youth development is at the core of everything we do. Every day, we
support young people as they strive to reach their fullest potential. At the Y,
we want to be a true partner…with the community, with school departments,
with families, and especially with children. With 45 licensed sites for infants,
toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children, Old Colony YMCA is the
largest childcare provider in Southeastern Massachusetts.

In before and after school programs, we extend the school day with
curriculum driven by key academic areas like literacy and STEM, coupled
with opportunities to build relationships, be creative, and of course…have fun!
Our activities emphasize character development, social-emotional learning,
and developmentally appropriate lessons for all ages and abilities.

We also use a unique integrated approach to youth development to ensure
all children and families are supported in their growth. This approach
allows us to assemble a variety of resources and services based on the
needs of each individual child and family. Childcare may be a young
person’s gateway into the YMCA, but that point of entry opens the door
to many other opportunities. If a family needs mental health services,
mentoring, a summer learning experience, or basic needs like food and
clothing – the Y is there with coordinated, wraparound programming.

CHILD PROTECTION

The Y is fully committed to a world free of child sexual abuse and helping
the entire community to share and understand that commitment. Through our
work with the nonprofit organization Darkness to Light, we have committed to
train more than 10,000 individuals to raise awareness of the prevalence and

consequences of abuse. Authorized facilitators educate community members
about the steps they can take to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly
to the reality of child sexual abuse.

WATER SAFETY

Though entirely preventable, the leading cause of death
among children between ages 1 and 4 is drowning.
In fact, an average of two children drown every
day. As the nation’s leading provider of
community-based swim lessons, we know
we have the expertise, resources, and
responsibility to step up and make a
difference. Water Wise, a partnership
between Old Colony YMCA and local school

districts in Easton and Avon, delivered drowning prevention
programming to 372 second grade students free of charge. A similar
partnership with Plymouth Public Schools resulted in 530 third grade
students participating in no-cost water safety lessons at Camp Clark.


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Today, 1 in 59 children are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum It’s been eight years since we began intentionally addressing
Disorder. At the Y, we are committed to offering programs that Summer Learning Loss, or the “Summer Slide.” Research continues
are inclusive and accessible for everyone regardless of ability. to prove that the loss of knowledge and educational skills during
After seeing first-hand the increasing need for adaptive programs the summer is cumulative over the course of a student’s career
designed to engage families with children who have Autism, and further widens the achievement gap between students in
Asperger’s, and Down syndrome, we worked closely with lower and upper income environments. Students who attend
parents and families to develop a program that offers classes like engaging summer programs can disrupt these losses and
swimming, fitness, drums, and art. Y-Ability was developed by ultimately perform better in school compared to peers who
parents, for families, and is a wonderful example of how families are unable to attend.
and the Y work together to meet community needs.
Our slate of no-cost achievement gap programs work in
DAY CAMP partnership with school districts to make learning truly
equitable. It’s summer school, the Y way.
There are few experiences quite like summer camp.
The adventures, memories, and friendships made throughout RISEUP!
the course of one summer can have a profound impact on
the life of a child. At the Y, all the traditional elements of In the summer of 2019, we partnered with Canton Public
camp continue to thrive. Archery, ropes course, swimming, Schools to support 3rd grade students reading below grade level.
boating, sports, arts, horseback riding, and many more activities A combination of classroom time with certified teachers and
keep children engaged and active. In recent years, however, camp activities helps to make learning fun and build social and
we have begun to look at the summer a little differently. academic skills. Given that a child’s 3rd grade reading level is
a major indicator of future academic success, we are proud to
As an extension of our ongoing efforts to respond to the report that 20 students gained an average of 1.6 months in
behavioral needs of our campers, we were able to place literacy (grade equivalency).
clinicians at all our camps thanks to a grant from the
Department of Mental Health. As a result, both campers POWER SCHOLARS
and families received an extra layer of social and behavioral
support during the summer. We also enhanced our child Power Scholars Academy was developed by Building Educated
protection efforts at camp by implementing an anonymous Leaders for Life (BELL) in collaboration with the YMCA of
reporting tool called See Something Say Something, which the USA to address the academic achievement gap facing youth
further fortifies our top priority: Safety. from low-income backgrounds. In the summer of 2019, Old Colony
YMCA collaborated with Brockton Public Schools and Plymouth
Another priority in FY-19 was building capacity to address Pubic Schools to offer Power Scholars in each community.
food insecurity in our community. Camps offer the perfect
setting to reach large groups of children who may be struggling In just 6 weeks, scholars demonstrated an average
to find affordable, healthy meals every day. Camp Christina, increase of 1.6 months in literacy and 2.5 months in
Camp Clark, Camp Massasoit, Camp Satucket, and Camp Yomechas math (grade equivalency).
Combined to serve more than 40,000 meals to children at no cost
this summer. A portion of those meals were funded by Project
Bread’s Summer Eats program.

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GIO
WORDS FROM A CHANGEMAKER: The YMCA has helped me to become the person I am today.
WHY DO THEY CARE SO MUCH? They encourage and motivate me at my lowest times.

“Good Evening Everyone, They are there when nobody else is.

I am happy that I am part of the Old Colony YMCA and speaking I remember after I graduated from Summer Leaders, the Y
to you tonight as an ALUM of the Summer Leaders program suggested that I join a program called Kidz Konnect. I was
and a rising senior at Brockton High School. I graduated from somewhat hesitant because during the Summer Leaders meetings
this program three years ago and I’m proud to say that I’m still I was very shy…but let me tell you, I’m proud they encouraged me
involved with the Y. While in the program I’ve been through a lot to join. The program helped me to meet a lot of teenagers that
of situations that were hard to handle, but taught me a lot. When I were friendly and that were also attending the same school. The
first started as a Summer Leader, it was my first time working with staff there were phenomenal and they are always there when you
kids from all different backgrounds, some of whom had two parent need them. They have so many resources that they can offer to
homes, some single parent homes, and some with tough lives who help you with any situation that you’re dealing with.
were in foster care or dealt with domestic abuse.
During the three years, the YMCA introduced me to volunteering
It made me realize that my job as a role model was that much more with younger children at a community center called Roosevelt
important and that I had to be their support system. The Summer Heights and other types of community service. I was so excited to
Leaders trainings made me think a lot as we went through them become part of the staff when I turned 16 last year. I was
each week. so scared, but made sure that I used the skills I learned during
Summer Leaders. Thanks to them, I had a great time working at
Why do these adults at the Y care so much? Why do they care Camp Yomechas and made great friendships with staff and
so much for my future and my happiness? campers last summer.

They care because they want us to become a leader one day. They Please remember that you are always a role model because
want us to become something big in the community. Over the you are the next generation of leaders! Continue to be role
years, I have learned that the YMCA is a welcoming home models in all that you do!” - Gio’s address to the 2019
to everyone and anyone. Summer Leaders graduates

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SUMMER LEADERS The day concluded with lunch and a resource fair, where
students were able to connect with 20+ youth-serving
The Summer Leaders program was designed as a high school organizations made up of local colleges, community programs,
readiness program for incoming freshmen. Now in its 8th year, and volunteer opportunities.
the program provides character development and leadership
training for youth from both the Brockton and Plymouth YOUTH & GOVERNMENT
communities. After two weeks of initial training, Summer
Leaders serve as valuable role models for younger campers As the YMCA’s premier youth development program, Youth &
at Camp Yomechas and Camp Clark twice a week. Our graduated Government empowers teens to develop their leadership and
leaders will join past graduates as future Counselors in Training advocacy skills, by engaging in the democratic process. Teens
(CITs), employees, Board Members, and more as opportunities prepare legislative bills, debate topics, create media articles,
arise within our Y family. and represent defendants in mock trial settings – while sharing
viewpoints and making new friends from across the state. In
Leaders continue to report significant gains in emotion FY-19, teens from the Stoughton and Central/Brockton branches
management and academic self-efficacy. participated in the Massachusetts Youth & Government program
that culminated in a weekend conference in Boston. After being
YOUTH CONFERENCE sworn in by Representative Andy Vargas at the State House, 200
delegates shared their ideas, polished their public speaking and
In March of 2019, the Old Colony Y welcomed 200 students advocacy skills – while learning to embrace each other’s unique
to Bridgewater State University for the 30th Annual Youth outlooks and opinions.
Conference. Students from area schools and YMCA programs
from Brockton to Plymouth gathered for a day of empowerment OCY MENTORING
and networking. We were honored to welcome our keynote
speaker, Nakia Navarro from Positive Tracks, whose keynote Here, you don’t just get a mentor…you get the Y. Our YMCA
helped inspire youth to raise their voices and take action on offers a range of Mentoring Services, ranging from 1:1
social issues within their communities. Many students reported mentoring through our Old Colony Y Mentoring program, to
that after hearing Nakia’s keynote, they felt compelled to address peer mentoring through our Kidz Konnect Advisory Council and
and tackle community issues. programs at Roosevelt Heights in Brockton. All our matches,
including children on our waiting list, have access to all the Y has
Students had the opportunity to participate in two workshops to offer. These wraparound supports are part of our integrated
facilitated by agencies and organizations in the community. approach to youth development. While we continue to be in need
Workshops covered topics such as anti-bullying, college and of volunteer caring adult role models, we work hard to ensure that
career readiness, and volunteerism. Several workshops were all youth who are waiting for a mentor receive support through
even peer-led! While the students were in workshops, their YMCA resources like our Mental Health Clinic or food pantry.
chaperones attended a discussion on the importance and value Matches also have access to special events, field trips, and our
of incorporating social-emotional learning and character annual drives for back-to-school items and holiday gifts.
development within their schools and programs.
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HEALTHY LIVING WORDS FROM A CHANGEMAKER:
I GOT THIS
LAURA
The Diabetes Prevention Program helps me to make
positive life style changes that improve my overall
health. It guides me to make healthier choices when I eat
and exercise, holding me accountable without feeling
like I’m in a boot camp, dieting. I learned so much about
diabetes and how to make good choices when life gets
challenging. Meeting with an instructor and a group of
people who are facing similar challenges as me was so
supportive and inspiring. We enjoy sharing new ideas
and recipes. I always leave the meeting feeling like “I got
this.” In the end my blood pressure and bad cholesterol
levels are lower, my good cholesterol is higher, my heart
is healthier than ever and my joint pain is so much better
from losing weight.

A shoutout out to Margie Means and all of the Bike and
Body Pump instructors who worked with me. I feel like I
went from zero (almost literally) to hero with all of your
encouragement! You make such a difference!

MASS IN MOTION languages, representing 13 towns, and spanning ages 10-86!
This year, BKDD began offering educational workshops
Mass in Motion is a statewide movement to prevent obesity in year-round, rather than only during BKDD Week. Each month,
Massachusetts by increasing opportunities for healthy eating and community members can attend free educational workshops,
active living in the places we live, learn, work, and play. with topics including safe stretching, diabetes nutrition
Since 2014, OCY has guided this important work in partnership education, family cooking, and physical activity!
with the city of Taunton. This year, OCY and Taunton’s Mass in
Motion initiative received additional funding from Blue Cross YMCA’S DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM
Blue Shield Foundation to expand community gardens at two of
Taunton’s senior housing sites. We provided 156 seniors with In 2019 Old Colony YMCA achieved Full Recognition from the
20 new raised garden beds and 4 nutritional programs, improving Centers for Disease Control for our YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention
access to healthy produce and nutrition education opportunities. Program. This designation is given only to programs that have
delivered the program with high quality and fidelity to meet all
BROCKTON KNOCKS DOWN DIABETES of the standards for CDC recognition. Full recognition status will
enable Old Colony Y to enroll as a Medicare supplier for DPP.
Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes (BKDD) is a coalition of Within the last year we served and are still serving over 35
multi-sector partners formed in 2011 to address diabetes in participants between the Stoughton, East Bridgewater,
the city of Brockton. BKDD Week reached over 650 community Middleboro, and Taunton branches. Participants
members, with attendees speaking at least eight different

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in these sessions presented an average weight loss of 5% ADDITIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS OFFERINGS
with multiple participants losing over 20 pounds, lowering
their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Healthy Communities
• Brockton Knocks Down Diabetes
HEALTHY WEIGHT AND YOUR CHILD • Drug Free Communities - Easton
• Healthy East Bridgewater
Evidence shows that child weight-management programs are • Healthy Easton
more effective when the whole family is involved and committed • Mass in Motion - Taunton
to adopting healthier habits. With that in mind, Old Colony YMCA
piloted the Healthy Weight and Your Child program earlier Community Integrated Health
this year. “When we raise the overall health of individuals, • Physician Referral to Membership and Programming
everyone benefits” - Kim Hollon, President & CEO of • Healthy Living Center - East Bridgewater
Signature Healthcare
Evidence Based Health Interventions
• Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
• Enhance Fitness
• Healthy Weight and Your Child
• LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA
• YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

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HEALTHY LIVING CENTER with the goal of helping individuals achieve and maintain a
healthy lifestyle. A Signature Healthcare Health Coach works in
In February 2019, Old Colony Y in collaboration with Signature the Y branch to engage members and encourage positive health
choices by utilizing a health assessment, biometric screening,
Healthcare opened the very first Healthy Living Center in the

East Bridgewater Branch. The center will brings together medically

integrated programs between Signature Healthcare and the YMCA

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and health coaching methodology. This is an exciting pilot that “WHEN WE RAISE THE OVERALL HEALTH
will help to connect members and the community to healthcare OF INDIVIDUALS, EVERYONE BENEFITS”
services as well as relevant health programming within the Y.
Kim Hollon, President & CEO of Signature Healthcare

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LIST OF PROGRAMS BY AGENCY • Bristol County Community Corrections Center
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) • New! Hampden County Community Corrections Center
• New! Lower Middlesex County Community Corrections Center
• Brockton and New Bedford STARR – Stabilization, reintegration, • Middlesex County Community Corrections Center
and placement services for adolescent males and females • Plymouth County Community Corrections Center
• Community-Based Programs, Fall River – Multi-agency
stabilization services for children and families in their homes Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community
• Family & Adolescent Stabilization Program, Fall River Development (DHCD)
• New! Family Resource Center, serving Taunton and Transitional living for families experiencing homelessness
Attleboro – A community-based resource and referral network • Bolton Place Family Center
offering multi-cultural parenting and support groups, • David Jon Louison Center
early childhood services, and additional community • Family Life Center
resources for families
• Old Colony Y Group Home, Fall River – Residential assessment Other contractual funders include the Massachusetts Department
and treatment for adolescent males and females of Mental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health,
• Pre-Transition to Independent Living, Fall River – Reintegration Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care, and
and independent living preparation for young adult males additional municipalities.
and females
• SPARKS Adolescent and Mentoring Program, Brockton A NEW PARTNERSHIP, A DEEPENED COMMITMENT

Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) Two years ago, we took significant steps to deepen our
• Boys Detention Program, Brockton – Staff secure residential commitment to families when we began a unique partnership
program for adolescent males with the Department of Children and Families to help recruit foster
• Boys Revocation Program, Brockton – Assessment and families in our branches. Soon after, we began offering no-cost
reintegration program for adolescent males memberships to foster children and their families in our service
• Community Services Network – Southeast Region area. In fact, more than 150 families are using their memberships
• Girls Secure Detention Unit, Brockton – Staff secure residential today to participate in Y programs like camp, mentoring,
program for adolescent females swimming, and sports.
• South East Independent Living (SEIL), Brockton – Educational,
vocational, recreational, and clinical supports for In June 2019, access to YMCAs for foster children grew to
older adolescents include 28 associations and 81 locations across Massachusetts.
• STRIVE Transition Program, Lowell – Transitional services First Lady of Massachusetts, Lauren Baker and DCF Commissioner,
for young adult males Linda Spears visited our YMCA’s Central Branch in Brockton to
announce that every YMCA in the Commonwealth is partnering
Department of Labor (DOL), federal with the Wonderfund, a nonprofit organization focused on serving
Workforce development and education for young adult males children engaged with DCF, to offer free Y memberships to every
and females foster child.
• YouthBuild Brockton
• YouthBuild Fall River This means that Ys have opened their doors to the more than
11,000 children in foster care, in addition to helping DCF recruit
Massachusetts Office of Community Corrections (OCC) more foster families.
Services and resources provided to justice-involved
individuals referred by the Massachusetts Trial Court, the “WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE IT EASY AS
Sheriff’s Department, the Department of Corrections, or POSSIBLE FOR THESE CHILDREN TO TAKE ADVANTAGE
the Massachusetts Parole Board. OF THE MANY, MANY WONDERFUL PROGRAMS THAT
• Barnstable County Community Corrections Center THE Y HAS TO OFFER ACROSS THE COMMONWEALTH,”
• Berkshire County Community Corrections Center
Lauren Baker, First Lady of Massachusetts

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DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND GLOBAL On a global scale, our work with the YMCA d’Haiti resulted in the
INITIATIVES (DIG) completion of a new program center in the town of Jacmel in the
spring of 2019. We also continue to foster a local collaboration
In 2015, Old Colony Y was one of 85 YMCAs in the country to with the Haitian Community Partners in Brockton and serve as
be named a DIG Innovation YMCA. Our YMCA has committed to their fiscal agent, which has enhanced both our fundraising
implement diversity, inclusion, and global strategies across key efforts and programming we provide to our youth and families.
parts of our organization. These strategies strengthen our
mission, community relevance, and sustainability on a daily basis Late last summer, an emerging global leader represented our Y at
and are carried out by a formal staff committee. the 19th YMCA World Council in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The World
Council is the movement’s highest decision-making body, and last
In FY19, we took additional steps to immerse our staff and year more than 1,200 delegates attended the event from more
volunteers in these efforts. Early in the year, six staff than 120 countries. The theme was “Youth Empowerment 4 Good,”
attended YMCA of the USA’s Women’s Conference to advance and focused on a long-term commitment to young people,
gender equity at the Y, in the workforce, and in our community. including the unveiling of the World YMCA’s “One Million Voices”
As a direct result, those four staff launched a brand new – and research findings. Research gathered from 25 countries and more
our first – Employee Resource Group (ERG) for women. The group than 1,000 youth found that despite differences in culture and
provided opportunities for staff at all professional levels to language, young people across the globe face similar
examine these issues on both a small and large scale. The ERG disadvantages in employment, education, and mental health.
soon began engaging several members of our volunteer board, To conclude the event, Patricia Pelton of Canada was elected as
and convened a panel of female volunteers to share their stories, the World YMCA’s first female President.
vision, and advice with our staff.

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STREET OUTREACH & VIOLENCE PREVENTION Our work providing safe, stable, transitional homes for families
Our street outreach program is designed to reduce violence, allows parents and caregivers the opportunity to focus on tackling
create opportunities for peace, and pave the way for youth in barriers to permanent housing without the stress of wondering
the community to develop positive relationships and connect to where their children will sleep at night. Our dedicated staff works
positive resources. Safe Corners Peace Advocates, the team that individually with each family to navigate a complex landscape
oversees these efforts, have worked in the Greater Brockton area of resources, from food assistance to transportation to
for years to prevent and intervene in gang activity. This past year, housing searches.
the team has taken on several initiatives to support that work and
promote peace in new and innovative ways. Beginning with one site in 2003, we have since grown in response
to the community need, serving 724 people during this fiscal year
The Youth Services project is a collaboration with our local in five buildings and multiple scattered apartments throughout
partner, Father Bill’s & MainSpring (FBMS). Funding from the greater Brockton.
Executive Office of Health and Human Services will allow FBMS
to offer emergency housing to “unaccompanied youth,” or young Sources: National Low Income Housing Coalition, United States
adults living on the street, with the ultimate goal of permanency. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
FBMS and Safe Corners work together to identify youth in need of
assistance, and utilize flexible funds to address basic needs, cover MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION
upfront housing costs, or reduce other barriers to housing. Our Mental Health Clinic opened in 1994 as a means to provide
clinical services to youth and families in our care. A team of
Earlier this year, we received a multi-year grant from the dedicated, qualified staff offers traditional services with a unique
Department of Public Health to implement a plan to address approach to effectively engage and connect with populations that
disparities in neighborhoods with higher rates of gun violence may be at-risk or hesitant to engage in behavioral health services.
in Brockton. With racial equity as a major focus, the Y is building
a coalition of community partners and those affected by gun This year, we were approached by a local school that needed to
violence to develop solutions. offer a grief group for students who had experienced the loss of
a loved one. Our team responded by creating and implementing
“GUN VIOLENCE AND VIOLENT CRIME DISPROPORTIONATELY a six week group curriculum at no cost. Students involved in the
AFFECT YOUNG ADULTS AND PEOPLE OF COLOR,” said Health and program learned they are not alone in their experience of loss,
Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. and that many share the range of emotions associated with the
“UNDERSTANDING THE RISK AND PROTECTIVE FACTORS experience.
THAT CONTRIBUTE TO GUN VIOLENCE ALLOWS US TO TARGET
OUR PUBLIC HEALTH INTERVENTIONS TO MAKE THE MOST Search Out Another Road (SOAR), a group counseling program
MEANINGFUL IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF YOUNG PEOPLE.” that operates out of the clinic, continues to grow with the
addition of a transitional advocate. The program provides case
FAMILY SERVICES management to individuals with current or past involvement in the
A single parent would have to work 113 hours per week at court system regardless of insurance status. SOAR assists clients
minimum wage to afford a 2-bedroom apartment at Fair Market as they attempt to re-enter the community by guiding them as
Rent in Massachusetts. A severe shortage of affordable housing they acquire a state ID, health insurance, food and other basic
combined with stagnant wages has ultimately led to a 32% needs, and DTA benefits. Staff also help clients develop
increase in homelessness during the last decade, the second their resume and secure job interviews.
highest rate in the country. In fact, 44 out of every 10,000
families in the Commonwealth experienced homelessness in 2018. In addition to these specialized programs, the Mental Health
Clinic’s licensed staff offer individual counseling, family
counseling, couples counseling, group therapy focused on
substance use and anger management, and psychiatric services
for all ages. Our team uses a trauma-informed, strength-based
approach to all cases.

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MARILY
WORDS FROM A CHANGEMAKER:

ABOVE AND BEYOND

“My relationship with the Y Mental Health Clinic explains how I Andrea has been a huge part of my success in all parts of my
met the best counselor I have ever had. To start, I got evicted life - not just getting off drugs. I don’t have the best marriage
from a previous apartment and ended up homeless. I finally and Andrea has been like a therapist and a good friend through all
was placed at the Old Colony YMCA family shelter. I was three of this. I always refer to the movie, “What about Bob?” with her
months pregnant at the time and it was my first time in shelter, so because even when she has been away on vacation with her family,
obviously I was scared and nervous, and felt alone and abandoned if I was in crisis she would always return my calls or texts. She
with a son on the way. The Y shelter asked me if I wanted to be always goes above and beyond her job description. I never really
referred to counseling services at their Mental Health Clinic, so I believed in counseling until I found her. She has used all different
told them “sure.” I figured all it can do is help. It took a little bit to methods of therapy to help me and really get to the underlying
get set up with Andrea, but when we finally met, I was surprised issues. I am so grateful for the Old Colony YMCA Mental Health
that we had such a connection. The more we met the more I Clinic for introducing one of the most important people in my life,
opened up to her. When she told me she was pregnant it was just and I look forward to more years with my best therapist. But the
one more thing she could relate to. I wasn’t 100% honest with her Mental Health Clinic doesn’t stop there. When my hours were cut
about everything in the beginning. I felt like I was living a double at work after I was able to get my own apartment and food was a
life because I was addicted to drugs and very hesitant to tell struggle, I made one call and within hours there were bags of food
Andrea, but when I finally did it just helped me that much more. donations waiting for me and my son. I know they don’t have to do
I got into methadone treatment, and she referred me to the
YMCA psychiatrist. that, but they do it anyway.”

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND
ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION

Over the past year, our YouthBuild Brockton and YouthBuild Fall River
programs graduated over 40 students. Many went into post-secondary
education or employment in different fields like retail, human service,
healthcare and trade unions. These programs help out-of-school youth
develop leadership and life skills by providing them with the tools and
support they need to obtain their HiSET diploma. This certification
affords the students all the benefits of a traditional high school diploma.
In addition, students receive hands-on occupational training in the
construction and/or allied health industry.

In construction, students can earn the Home Builder’s Institute PACT
(Pre-Apprenticeship Certification Training), an industry recognized
credential. Students also earn OSHA 10 certifications. In the allied health
field, students can attain both their HHA (Home Health Aide) and CNA
(Certified Nursing Assistant) certifications. Approximately 80% of students
who attained the HHA/CNA credential found job placements in the field
upon graduation.

A cornerstone element to the program is community service. Students can
earn an AmeriCorps Education Award, based on 450 hours of service ($1,500)

that can be used towards post-secondary education costs. The students
give back to their communities in many ways, but are primarily
focused on rehabilitating a transitional shelter in the city
utilizing their newly learned construction skills. Over the past
12 years, we have built or renovated 18 properties in Brockton
and Fall River.

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MISSIONS ADVANCEMENT

ASHLEY

WORDS FROM A CHANGEMAKER:

VOLUNTEER SPOTLIGHT

“Growing up in an Irish Catholic household, faith and service to of us: She keeps me young at heart, while I hope to set a strong
others were emphasized. The Y has given me the opportunity to example of goalsetting and reaching for your dreams. I look
effectively create change and make my city a better place for forward to the simple tasks we do together, like walking through
the future. Borderland Park, hiking at Blue Hills, or going to brunch. It allows
us to have time together to connect. I strongly value listening to
While in graduate school at Bridgewater State University, I was her experiences and offering advice when I can.
selected as the graduate assistant for the Community Service
Center. As part of the volunteer program, I worked with college I believe kindness towards others and offering support can go a
students to develop craft projects and games for both the long way toward making someone feel like they are heard. OCY
students and children waiting for mentor matches through OCY Mentoring makes this possible through their constant support
Mentoring. After bringing students to the programs at the Y for of mentors and the opportunities they offer their matches.
two years, and seeing so many children waiting months for a Adolescence is time when so many changes happen at once.
match, I decided that once I graduated and secured a job, I would There can never be too many supports in a child’s life, and you
volunteer to be a mentor so that at least one child could come can never say “you matter” to a child enough times. Through
off the waitlist. mentoring, there is an opportunity to change the world for the
better – one child at a time.”
Being a part of the OCY Mentoring experience has been extremely
rewarding. I have taken pride in seeing my mentee grow over the
past four and a half years from shy elementary student to a driven
high school freshmen. The relationship has been valuable to both

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DONOR SPOTLIGHT

TIME AND ENERGY WELL SPENT AT WHITE CLIFFS TWO GENERATIONS OF PRITCHARDS

When Pat Piperato attended the first White Cliffs Country In 1999, Mary Pritchard and her young family were new to
Club - Old Colony YMCA Camp Clark Golf Tournament, she was Middleboro and were looking for a place to meet their neighbors.
amazed by the passion the staff and volunteers showed for the Y. Mary brought her then 4-year old daughter Morgan to take swim
Pat thought that this was the type of organization to which she lessons at the Y, and quickly found a second home.
could give her time and energy. Fifteen years later, Pat continues
to serve as the Chair of the Tournament Committee and Mary fell in love with the Y’s mission as her family engaged
constantly looks for new ways to support kids and families with the Y. Soon, she found herself serving on the Middleboro
in the Plymouth community. YMCA’s volunteer Board of Governors and the Association’s
Board of Directors.
“Having visited Camp Clark, it’s amazing to see so many children
having a wonderful time, learning new things, exploring nature “Having worked in the insurance industry for many years,
with positive mentors and with huge smiles on their faces,” I understood and saw the need to give back and found it an e
Pat explained. asy transition and wonderful opportunity to sit on these boards.”

Along the way, Pat has recruited other residents from the White Now, 20 years later, Mary has become part of the Y family and
Cliffs community to join her in making a difference. Rose Toth is more engaged than ever.
joined the committee nearly five years ago and continues to be
inspired by the impact that their support makes. “I don’t get bored or burned out. The process may be the same,
but the need is different and this appeals to me…it drives me! The
“We are so grateful for what we’ve received in life and want to Y is so important to our community and it’s my privilege to get to
give back in this way. It is such a pleasure to work with Y staff see the positive impact and make real change.”
that are so passionate and committed to making a difference. As
committee members, that energy makes us excited to participate During the course of two decades, the Y has become a second
and give back!” home for Mary and her family, and that’s why she is more
committed than ever to the cause.
For the past 16 years, the White Cliffs Country Club community
in South Plymouth has truly embraced the spirit of the Old Colony “My best friends are here, I raised my children here. My daughter
YMCA, while making a commitment to the children of Camp Clark. Morgan, who once learned to swim here, is now the Aquatics
Through their annual Golf Tournament, they have raised more Coordinator. I couldn’t be prouder of the difference she’s making!”
than $390,000 – and, more importantly - impacted the lives of
thousands of children in the Plymouth community.

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SERVICE REVENUE BY SOURCE | 06.30.19

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION*

Cash and Cash Equivalents 2018 2019
Short Term Investments
Accounts Receivable, net $ 4,554 $ 4,671
Pledges Receivable, net 403 406
Prepaid Expenses
Investments 5,066 4,692
Beneficial Interest in Perpetual Trusts 516 377
Property, Plant and Equipment, net 420 379

Total Assets 10,479 10,721
828 833
MASS. DEPT. OF MASS. DEPT. OF OFFICE OF MASS. DEPT. OF
40,550 40,435
62,816 62,514

CHILDREN EARLY EDUCATION COMMUNITY YOUTH SERVICES Liabilities and Net Assets $ 5,234
& FAMILIES 8.7% & CARE 9% CORRECTIONS 7.5% 16.3% 1,317
Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses $ 5,005 848
OTHER FEDERAL OTHER STATE MASS. DEPT. OF PRIVATE
GOVERNMENT & LOCAL HOUSING & COMMUNITY 49% Deferred Revenue 940 18,107
2.4% GOVERNMENT 2.9% DEVELOPMENT 4.2% 25,506
Conditional debt - 37,008
62,514
Bonds/Notes/Mortgages Payable 19,171
Total Liabilities 25,116
Total Net Assets 37,700
Total Liabilities and Net Assets 62,816

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

SERVICE REVENUE BY ACTIVITY | 06.30.19

STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES*

Revenue from Operations 2018 2019 RESIDENTIAL MEMBERSHIP/ COMMUNITY BASED
Expenses from Operations SERVICES Y PROGRAMS PROGRAMS
Change in Net Assets $ 61,302 $ 59,871 28.2% 25.4% 15.3%
61,752 60,787
from Operations MENTAL HEALTH YOUTHBUILD CHILDCARE CAMP
Depreciation and Amortization (450) (916) 1.1% 1.7% 25% 3.3%
Change in Net Assets from 2,164 2,207

Non-Operating Activities 1,357 224
Change in Net Assets 907 (692)

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BOARD LISTS

GENERAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Courtney Palm, Asst. Vice President/Marketing Officer, COMMUNITY BASED CHILD CARE
North Easton Savings Bank BOARD OF GOVERNORS
William Ames, Community Volunteer Randy Papadellis, Community Volunteer
Shaynah Barnes, District Representative, William Payne, Principal, PRW Wealth Management, LLC Janet Fletcher, BID-Plymouth
William Payton, Principal, Payton Associates Lynn Mitchell, Community Volunteer
US House of Representatives Marie Peeler, Principal & Executive Coach,
Stuart Benton, President & CEO, Bradford Soap Peeler Associates EASTON BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Wayne Bloom, CEO, Commonwealth Financial Network Honorable Gregory Phillips, Retired Justice,
James Burke, Esq., Law Offices of James M. Burke Taunton District Court Jean Bradley Derenoncourt, Councilor-at-Large, Brockton
Jane Callahan, Principal, HR Alternatives Mary Pritchard, Manager, Arbella Insurance Group Thomas Brussard, Uno Restaurants, LLC
Joseph Casey, President, HarborOne Bank Donald Quinn, Esq., Donald P. Quinn, PC Lisha Cabral, EdD, Superintendent, Easton Public Schools
Tiffony Cesero, K-9 Protection D. Howard Randall, Jr., Marketing and Business Benjamin Carroll, Kenney & Conley, P.C., Camp EAST
Fred Clark, President, Bridgewater State University Development Consultant Christopher Conley, Kenney & Conley, P.C.
William Clay, President, Walker-Clay, Inc. Jonathan Richman, President, Health Ryan Cook, Broker/Owner, First Class Realty Group
John Creedon, Esq., Creedon and Creedon Management Associates Jaime Faverty, Coastal Heritage Bank
William Daisy, Managing Director, CBIZ Tofias Moises Rodrigues, President, Brockton City Council Ian Hobkirk, Founder/President, Commonwealth Supply
Peter Dello Russo, President & CEO, Bridgewater Tom Rogers, Vice President, FBInsure Chain Advisors
William Rosa, Esq., Partner, Wynn & Wynn, PC Jeremy Kay, Law Offices of Jeremy L. Kay, P.C.
Savings Bank Wayne Smith, Treasurer, Suburban Enterprises David Mudd, MD, Steward Healthcare/Good Samaritan
Vandy Densmore, Chief Human Resources Officer, Robert Spencer, Esq., CPA Medical Center
Scott Stikeleather, Executive Vice President, Courtney Palm, North Easton Savings Bank, Chair
Community Intervention Services IBC Corporation Punit Patel, Red Oak Sourcing
Charles Dockendorff, Community Volunteer Steve Striar, President, Striar Development Corporation Crissy Pruitt, Easton Public Schools
Teresa Edington, External Communication & Comm. Michael Sullivan, Esq., Partner, The Ashcroft Group, LLC Hoagland Rosania, Retired, Orthopedic Surgeon
Liza Talusan, PhD, Owner, LT Coaching & Consulting, LLC Linda Thomson-Clem, MicroVenture International
Relations Mgr., Shaws Supermarket Scott Tirrell, Retired, Community Volunteer Lewis Victor, Victor and Goldman, Attorneys at Law
Shaun Fitzgerald, Owner, Fitzgerald Appraisals Daniel Trout, Senior Vice President, Mutual Bank Keri-Ann Wagner, Envision Counseling, LLC
Janet Fletcher, Community/Staff Education Instructor, George Turner, Turner Brothers, LLC Thomas Wooster, North Easton Savings Bank
John Twohig, Esq., Executive Vice President, New England Jillian Yung, Stonehill College
Beth Israel Jordan Hospital Development, Chair
Eli Florence, President, Kaydon Group, LLC Frank Veale, Esq., Professor, Massachusetts EAST BRIDGEWATER BOARD
Chuck Fraser, President & COO, Sysco Boston LLC Maritime Academy OF GOVERNORS
David Frenette, Esq., Attorney, Frenette & Associates, P.C. Brent Warren, Esq., Law Offices of Brent Warren
Henry Frenette, Jr., Esq., Retired, Frenette & Dukess Conor Yunits, Vice President, Solomon McCown & Co., Inc. Scott Allen, Chief, East Bridgewater Police Department
Gena Glickman, PhD, President, Massasoit Community Joseph Zaccheo, COO, Sullivan Tire Co., Inc. Kalan Aylward, East Bridgewater High School
Student Representative
College CENTRAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS Noreen Cahill, South Shore Bank
Thomas Hardiman, DPM, Podiatrist/Private Practice Kara Chapman, Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason
Barbara Hassan, Retired, SVP, National Grid Marline Amedee, Community Volunteer Funeral Home
Michael Hogan, President/CEO, A.D. Makepeace Corp. Conrod A. Boone, Esq., Attorney Meg Clapp, Signature Health Care
Kim Hollon, President/CEO Signature Healthcare Jeff Charnell, Mutual Bank William Clay, Walker-Clay, Chair
Richard Hooke, Commercial Service Manager, Crescent Scott Clement, Sign Design Jim Conley, Pastor, Union Congregational Church
John Creedon, Esq., Creedon & Creedon John Cowan, Retired Chief, East Bridgewater
Credit Union Thomas Kenney, Retired, Brockton Public Schools Police Department
Richard Hynes, President, Barbour Corporation Marc Lane, Cushman Insurance, Inc. Rachel Haines, South Shore Regional Vocational Technical
Pamerson Ifill, Regional Supervisor of Probation Services Brian McGuire, ARS Restoration Specialist High School
Jean Inman, New England Center for Nutrition Education David Offutt, Century21 Hilary Lovell, Signature Healthcare
Jessica Katz, Esq., Attorney, Jessica Katz Law, LLC Debra Roberts, Tufts Health Plan Bruce Marquis, Salon Espirit
Gary Maestas, EdD, Superintendent, Plymouth Mozart Saint-Cyr, Shamrock Financial Charles Muise, Retired, NEAD Insurance Trust
Melanie Shaw, Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical Howard Randall, Marketing & Business Consultant
Public Schools High School Kristine Resendes, Bridgewater Savings Bank
Frank Marandino, President, North East Christopher J. Sulmonte, CPA, Sulmonte & Frenier, LLP Katie Riley, Heritage Homes Real Estate
Joseph Tansey, Jr., Rockland Trust Co. Nick Riley, Middlesex Savings Bank
Electrical Distributors Brent Warren, Esq., Law Offices of Brent Warren, Chair Lynn Santiago-Calling, MA Association for Education
Russel Martorana, President, Farrell-Backlund of Young Children
David Sheedy, East Bridgewater Board of Selectmen
Insurance Agency
Keith McLaughlin, Director, D’Angelo Real Estate
David Mudd, MD, Steward Healthcare/Good Samaritan

Medical Center
Gerard Nadeau, President, Rockland Trust
Peter Neville, President, Concord Foods
John Noblin, Owner, Noblin Enterprises, Inc.
David Offutt, Broker/Realtor, Century 21
Brendan O’Neill, Senior Vice President, Eastern Bank
David Orloff, Community Volunteer

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BOARD LISTS

Colleen Sullivan, East Bridgewater High School Jack Lane, Keller Williams Realty Karen MacDonald, Stoughton Youth Commission and COA
Student Representative Mark Leppo, Coldwell Banker Chris Mills, Veteran
Julie Whitmore, Whitmore’s Yard Care Shelby Maclary, Nautical Wellness Jeff Perry, Community Volunteer
Gina Williams, East Bridgewater Public Schools Suzanne Miraglia, Mirbeau Inn Carolan Sampson, Stoughton Schools
Suzanne Obin, Community Volunteer Marge Shepard, Community Volunteer
FAMILY SERVICES BOARD Nancy O’Keefe, Simple Small Business Solutions Tatiana Torres, Bay State Physical Therapy
OF GOVERNORS Chris Pinto, The Hartford Lisa Wheeler, Triad Advertising Corp.
Stephen Peck, Cape Cod 5 Keith Wortzman, Independent Consultant
Diane Bell, Bridgewater State University Joe Powers, Rogers and Grey
Kevin Brower, HarborOne Bank Sean Spiegel, Plymouth South High School TAUNTON BOARD OF GOVERNORS
James Carden, Liberty Bay Credit Union Student Representative
Reva Castaline, Brockton Public Schools Scott Tirrell, Community Volunteer A.J. Andrews, Realty-Network Associates
Vandy Densmore, South Bay Mental Health, Chair Yaxsarie Velozquez, Plymouth North High School Paul Arikian, City of Taunton
Michael Ellen, Tatum LLC Student Representative Rachel Bartolomeo, Taunton Federal Credit Union
Judy Fishman, Aite Group Friend Weiler, Community Volunteer Michael Chatwin, Bristol County Savings Bank
Jonathan Niver-Honrado, Kidz Konnect Cliff Westberg, With Integrity Wealth Management Donald Cleary, City of Taunton
Jack & Eileen Murphy, Community Volunteers Alyssa (Gracia) Haggerty, City of Taunton, Mayor’s Office
Sabine Pietri, Community Volunteer SOCIAL SERVICES BOARD Mark Karsner, Esq., Karsner & Meehan Attorneys
Kelly Silva, PhD, Brockton Public Schools OF GOVERNORS at Law, PC
Robert Ventura, Community Volunteer Jessica Katz, Esq., Attorney, Jessica Katz Law, LLC, Chair
Craig Barger, Community Volunteer Samson Kimani, EXIT Top Choice Realty
MIDDLEBORO BOARD James Burke, Esq., Law Offices of James M. Burke Danielle Lattimore, Brockton ARC
OF GOVERNORS Timothy Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney Russel Martorana, FBinsure
Charles Dockendorff, Community Volunteer Julie Masci, Morton Hospital
Judi Bonanno, FBinsure Kimberly Godfrey, PBS Learning Institute Shaunna O’Connell, State Representative
Holly Camillo, Medtronic Pamerson Ifill, Office of the Commissioner of Probation Kelly O’Connor, Mechanics Cooperative Bank
Hanwar Harnett, Rockland Trust Company Benjamin Kravitz, Community Volunteer Diane Pereira, Bridgewater Savings Bank
Mitzi Hollenbeck, Citrin Cooperman Jan Miller, Eastern Bank Thomas Pontes, Esq., Wynn & Wynn PC
Justin Jeffrey, Bridgewater Savings Bank Honorable Gregory Phillips, Retired Justice, Taunton Ryan Prophett, Attorney, Prophett Law Office, LLC
David Lamoureux, Lamoureux Properties District Court Jeanne Quinn, Esq., Silvia & Quinn PC
Sarah Person, Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro David Offutt, Century 21, Chair Bill Rosa, Attorney, Wynn & Wynn
Debra Prescott, Southcoast Health Paul Studenski, Brockton Housing Authority Stephen Sherman, Jr., Bristol County Savings Bank
Mary Pritchard, Arbella Insurance Group Michael Sullivan, Esq., The Ashcroft Group, LLC Dina Swanson, Wynn and Wynn
Thomas S. Rogers, FBinsure, Chair Thomas Thibeault, Brockton Housing Authority Steve Turner, Taunton Police Department
Kim Thomas, Realty One Group Steve Turner, Taunton Police Department Richard Zusman, Community Volunteer
Kira Watkins, T.M. Ryder Insurance Agency
STOUGHTON BOARD YOUTH BOARD OF GOVERNORS
PLYMOUTH BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF GOVERNORS John DiCicco, PhD, Curry College
Meghan Driscoll, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Richard Hooke, Crescent Credit Union, Chair
Stacy Antonino, Community Volunteer Kayla Florence, Kaydon Group, LLC John Snelgrove, Brockton Public Schools
Kathryn Barnicle, AECOM Jean Inman, Community Volunteer, Chair
Laurie Caraher, Eastern Bank Nadine Israel, Fred & Nadine Real Estate
Tiffony Cesero, K-9 Protection, Chair Danielle Justo, Community Volunteer
Julie King, Mutual Bank Frank Lyons, Sunguard Insurance Systems
Susan Lyons, Stoughton Public Schools

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