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For the second summer in a row, the YMCA of Austin is pleased to welcome a fellow from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young Africa Leaders. Welcome to Janet Haha Koroma of Sierra Leone, who is serving in the Community Engagement department of the TownLake branch for the month of August.

Check out these 5 kid-friendly recipes to make at home!

According to The Guardian, nearly 60% of adults ages 18 to 25 leave home without the ability to cook five simple dishes. But with a little planning, parents can show their kids that cooking can be fun and exciting well before they’re off on their own. Plus, the kitchen is a great place for family bonding.

On Saturday, June 29, family and friends joined in celebrating the extraordinary life of Kathy Sue Kasprisin (1954-2019). Kathy was a longtime YMCA member, known for almost daily visits to TownLake over 26 years. 

Remembrances from Kathy's obituary:

Texas is rooted in a deep, rich history with traditions that span cultures, generations and hundreds of miles. While most people from the Lone Star State may know about significant battles like the Alamo or San Jacinto and historical figures including James Bowie and Stephen F. Austin, the history of African Americans in Texas has its own powerful and pioneering significance.

On May 16th, 2019, the YMCA of Austin celebrated 66 years as an organization at our annual celebration dinner, Gather ‘Round.

The YMCA of Austin is very pleased to welcome Juan Ybarra, new aquatics director for the TownLake branch. Juan comes to Austin from El Paso, where he served for almost six years in the aquatics department of the El Paso Y. His official first day at TownLake is Saturday, May 18, 2019. Please help us welcome him. Juan writes:

Hello Team,

Annually each May, the YMCA of Austin comes together to show our deep appreciation for the profound impact that our volunteers, invested members, staff, and donors have in delivering our mission every day. Gather ‘Round is coming up soon on Thursday, May 16 from 6 – 9 PM at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Hey there! I’m Bridget Thomas, the Health and Wellness Director at the East Communities Branch. I wanted to shine a spotlight on one of our new, value-added (AKA free for Y members!) classes that we recently added to our group exercise schedule.

At the YMCA, volunteering is a cornerstone of all we do, from coaching youth sports to serving on our boards, fundraising to holding babies in Child Watch. We are so grateful for the contributions that our talented, diverse volunteers make to the YMCA and the greater community.

TownLake Y Volunteer Coordinator Michelle "Michie" Reid is pleased to recognize May 2019 Volunteer of the Month Eddie Coats. Michie writes:

Dearest YMCA members, staff, and community,