"Unless Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -the Lorax

When you donate to the Brainerd Family YMCA, you make the communities of the Brainerd Lakes Area better, and the "US" who live here stronger.

"Unless Someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not." -the Lorax image

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When you donate to the Brainerd Family YMCA, you make the communities of the Brainerd Lakes Area better, and the "US" who live here stronger.

Stephanie is 5 years old. Typical children her age are care free and have loving families and friends who help shape their lives with love as they work to develop values and character.

This is not how Stephanie got her start in life. Her days were filled with trauma and physical abuse which no child should endure. As she began school, the abuse led to extreme behavior disorders and she was placed on an Individualized Education Plan. As more professionals worked with Stephanie, they intervened and she was eventually removed from her home.

After two weeks of the school closure due to Covid-19, case workers brought Stephanie to the Y program. Despite being behind, our trained counselors- with lots of care, compassion and empathy, got her caught up with distance learning and closely worked with her teachers.

As she connected and developed strong bonds with her counselors, trust began to develop and she understood that the Y was a safe place for her and remarkable changes came in her behavior and relationships with others.

No matter where you start in life, every kid should feel safe and have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Kids like Stephanie will have the chance to succeed in life because of Y and our Afterschool Program and Camps.