Happy Core Values in Action Wednesday!

 

I am happy to announce that Inclusiveness is the Core Value of the month of February. All month we will be celebrating this core value, which is needed now more than ever before. Frost Valley’s mission statement is, Frost Valley YMCA is a values-driven organization that fosters youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility through outdoor educational and recreational programs for all.

In order to explain Inclusiveness, YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) highlights the last two words in the mission statement: For All. They Say:

“For all is a simple but powerful phrase. But without it, the Y mission is incomplete. At the Y, we strive to understand and value each person’s unique dimensions of diversity and help them overcome barriers to inclusion so they can fully participate in society and reach their potential. As part of a global Movement of inclusion champions working in 119 countries, each of us, through our everyday actions, has the power to contribute to a more connected, cohesive world for all.”

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To give everyone a chance to explore inclusiveness this month, I have included the “Inclusion Resolution Template” to this post! Print it out, draw, write, or add art to the template to describe your personal “Inclusion Resolution.” How can you, every day, at home or school or in the community, put inclusiveness into practice?  Your resolution can pertain to any action – in your personal life or your connection to the Y – that helps people representing all Dimensions of Diversity to feel that they belong. Share your resolutions with me, Lindsay, at lhutchinson@frostvalley.org. Send me a photo, email, video, or letter with your resolution! I will be sharing all of the resolutions at the end of the month! Here is a photo of the Year Round directors, with our Inclusion Resolutions!

 

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Dimensions of Diversity is explained here, through a Y-USA blog about creating a safe space of LGBT Campers. The diagram of the Diversity Wheel, explains all of the dimensions of diversity that are part of humanity.

 

Often we have conversations with campers, staff, alumni, and parents of our summer camp program involving the sense of belonging and inclusion that our campers feel while they spend the summer at Frost Valley. We work every single day to ensure that all of our campers are provided with a space to celebrate their differences and be included in the community.

 

We would love to hear from you about how you are putting Inclusiveness into Action!

Peace, Love, Bibbley,

Lindsay

 

 

Lindsay Hutchinson

About the Author

Lindsay Hutchinson

Lindsay is the Camp Wawayanda Director at Frost Valley YMCA. She oversees the oldest overnight camping program in the country, which is for our campers grades 2 through 7. She just finished her fourth Summer at Frost Valley YMCA and is already working on creating the best program for our campers next summer! er favorite parts of camp are waterfront, Hoopla, and the friendships created through devotions. Coming from the great state of Massachusetts, Lindsay has enjoyed every moment working and living here at Frost Valley YMCA. As a Springfield College '13 graduate, Lindsay embraces her degree in Elementary and Special Education by developing leaders in her campers through experiential and environmental education programming. She studied with Semester at Sea during college, traveling to 13 countries in 3 months, which allowed her to embrace the people of the world and everything that we can learn from each other through cultural exchange. Her passions include traveling, cooking, and making music and she is an advocate for world peace, organic gardening, and love.

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