We see kids broadening their perspectives.
Our Vision is expanding their outlook.
“My favorite activity in the biking program is ALL OF THEM… I want to come again because it’s been fun, awesome, amazing, dope, epic, super cool and super-dastic.” -Yaviel
“I like coming to Y.O.U. because it’s way better than fortnite, and it’s fantastic. It’s so hard to pick my favorite things of all!” -Christopher
“I want to come back to Y.O.U. because it is the most exciting thing I have ever experienced in my life.” -Jose
“I enjoyed getting my own helmet to wear for the first time. I hope other kids get the experience that I did.” -Marvin
”I had one of the best times in my life...I learned that you can have fun and learn at the same time! I feel very happy and this place really changes my mood into a positive mood.” -Taylor
“This is the only time I get the relief of not having to go to school. I learned many new things about nature while improving my biking skills.” -Daniel
“I learned about our city by a scavenger hunt… It was very fun and worth my time!” -Ayden
“When I went down the hills I felt free… I felt happy and excited every day.” -Participant
“This program makes me feel like I am alive and I am a daredevil!” -Trent
“Me and my friend really did learn a lot!!! The veggies from the garden tasted really good… I have never tried fresh veggies from the garden. Y.O.U. really turned my behavior around. Y.O.U. is the best!” -Will
"[At Y.O.U.] I felt very valued because the STAFF there listened to what I had to say and then responded to start a conversation. I appreciate the social opportunity this has given me." -Xavier.
"Thank you guys for having the best staff in the world!" -J.V.
"At first, I wasn't really 'about' biking, but now I love it and I want to do it more often. And I feel happy to learn and have fun." -Kyle
“I feel happy [at Y.O.U.]. I feel like I’m at home.” -Anthony
“I enjoyed seeing all kinds of wild creatures at SMAST and catching lots of crazy fish with my new friends.” -Hiram
“I really enjoyed Y.O.U. this week. The amazing bike riding helped me get more active and not sit in the house all the time. It also really encouraged me to be outside more and to learn more about nature.” -Nick
“It was an amazing experience to go to SMAST and see all kinds of animals that I never knew existed. And kayaking was very fun and calming.” -Sabrina
“My favorite fish to catch was the lizard fish, because it was the first lizard fish I ever saw! We also saw a lot of other species of fish. I’ve had an amazing time learning and experiencing many new things.” -Grant
“I feel so happy that I decided to go to Y.O.U. I thought maybe it could be boring after going for 2 years, but they ALWAYS have something new and fun! I would like other kids to feel this experience.” -Samuel
“In my opinion, Y.O.U. is a place where you’re able to have fun but still able to learn lots of things.” -Jason
“I improved my biking skills a lot this week. And I built a lot of confidence! Now I can carry this on while riding my bike outside of Y.O.U.” -Jayden
“I had fun at Y.O.U. because I got to do things that I have never done before.” -Matthew
“At Y.O.U. I feel safe, at ease, and comfortable, and I don’t feel that at many places. So thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to just enjoy myself.” -Jayden
“This was my first time on the water with a boat! I had chances to do things I had never done before. All of these experiences were the best of my youth. I’ve experienced all of this with such exhilaration, this is the best summer so far!” -Camerya
“I learned how to swim for the first time and I caught fish for the first time. I really enjoyed learning about a lot of animals.” -Erica, Age 11
“I did not know how to ride a bike when I started this program. Now I am able to balance, steer, and use brakes! I also loved going to the beach, because if I wasn’t here I’d have to stay inside.” -Olivia
“My son, Benjamin just finished up this camp last week. I wasn't quite sure how he was going to like it but he really did. He also came home with a ton of extra knowledge after visiting the Whaling Museum as well as a trip to the waterfront. He was telling his younger brother all about it and I was happy that not only did he get some exercise bike-riding, but also gained a bit of extra knowledge.” -Christine Pacheco, Parent
“[Y.O.U.] is a great summer program for kids. They helped my son ride a bike in a day and half last summer and they do all kinds of different activities with kids, even if it’s just for a week or all summer long. God bless them.” -Deano, Parent
“The [Y.O.U.] staff possess this magical mixture of skills and knowing when to allow safe risk taking and intervene when necessary. They all were able to tap into EACH child's natural curiosity with out singling out any particular child. EACH child felt like they belonged to the group. (As we all know this is a basic need of all humans) This is what YOU has always done so well and will continue to do! The impact of these experiences are very difficult to measure but truly have a lasting impact -- Phillip wants to be a counselor at YOU. I am so grateful as a parent, community member, educator and human." -Doreen Lopes, Phillip's Mom