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When Madison’s Mom first brought her to day camp at the San Benito County YMCA this year, she was a bit of a loner. She stayed off by herself and didn’t want to participate in activities with other campers. Gradually, with the gentle encouragement of Y staff members, Madison began to come out of her shell. She started talking with the other campers and making new friends. Now she says she can’t wait for the next camp, and she is signing up for other Y programs so she can see her Y friends. We are extremely proud of our caring Y staff that help change children’s lives and give them the confidence to try new experiences.

(Name and image have been changed to protect the child’s anonymity)