YMCA OF SOUTH FLORIDA, ELECTED OFFICIALS & COMMUNITY LEADERS AGREE EARLY STEM EDUCATION IS THE KEY TO OUR ECONOMIC FUTURE

YMCA of South Florida unveils STEM Education Center, paving new pathways to success

FORT LAUDERDALE – JULY 22, 2016 – The YMCA of South Florida hosted a press conference and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, July 11, 2016 to celebrate the opening of our new STEM Education Center at the Weston YMCA. With a commitment to developing the minds, bodies and spirits of youth, the Y recognizes we play a vital role in teaching America’s kids about the importance of STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—and providing ongoing opportunities to learn through education, practical application and hands-on experience.

“I’m very proud of the work we do, and having the support of the community and our Weston dignitaries here today means the world to us,” said Sheryl A. Woods, CEO and President of YMCA of South Florida, at the STEM Center grand opening. “We wanted to do something to ensure the success of our kids because we know the decisions we make today will impact our children’s lives forever.”

During the event, Weston YMCA Advisory Council Member Marty Goldenberg was recognized for spearheading the initiative and growing it from concept to fruition, made possible by financial contributions from Tom McMahon of Milner, Inc., Dr. Mohsin Jaffer of Senior Medical Associates and Samsung. Political dignitaries in attendance were thanked for their ongoing support and involvement, which included: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Weston Mayor Daniel J. Stermer, Weston Commissioner Toby Feuer, Weston Commissioner Angel Gomez, Florida State Senator Nan Rich and former Florida State Senator Ron Silver.

“It’s important for us to come together around the central focal point of this community which, as Marty mentioned, has always been our kids,” said Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz during her keynote speech. “Thank you to all the leaders of the Weston YMCA for understanding it’s important we grow that next generation of young leaders who are going to be the leaders of tomorrow, focused on science, technology, engineering and math.

Through the new STEM & Robotics Center, the Y is keeping kids’ minds active and fighting summer learning loss by providing continued learning opportunities throughout the summer that help close the academic achievement gap. The Center will help many kids transcend socioeconomic barriers and open pathways to rewarding futures.

For more information about what the YMCA of South Florida is doing to help close the STEM skills gap, visit www.ymcasouthflorida.org.

About the YMCA of South Florida
The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The Y impacts the community by nurturing the potential of kids, improving individual and community health and well-being, and giving back to our neighbors. The YMCA of South Florida is committed to addressing the most pressing needs of our community. Every day, the Y works hard to build healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities through over 200 afterschool, preschool, special needs, sports, camp and youth programs, family centers, and senior health outreach sites. To learn more, visit www.ymcasouthflorida.org, connect on Facebook or Twitter, or call a Y near you.

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