Our Healthy Lifestyles Coordinator, Dan Kaneko, recently returned from an internship with the Osaka YMCA. In this blog entry, he shares with us what he's learned, all the fun experiences he's had, and why he would recommend this internship to others!
Hisashiburi desu ne - I recently returned from a 3-month trip abroad spent working for the Osaka YMCA and also exploring Japan and other Asian countries. My adventure abroad was full of new experiences, cultural exchanges, valuable friendships, and memories that will last a lifetime.
At the YMCA, we believe our communities are stronger when everyone feels welcome and we work together for the common good.
Created by YMCA of the USA’s national partner Welcoming America, Welcoming Week, which takes place each year in September, celebrates the growing movement of communities that fully embrace new Americans and their contributions to the social fabric of our country.
Even though Welcoming Week at the Y is once a year, we strive to be inclusive and celebrate diversity always.
At the Kaimuki Y, one of the main ways our inclusivity is practiced is through the harmonious existence of multiple generations at our branch. We are unique, as we have been a neighbor in this community for over 70 years. Many of our members (and several of our staff) have been with us since days of their youth. They've participated in Youth and Learn to Swim programs, participated in Judo, and much more. Now, we see them bringing not just their kids, but grandkids as well. Kupuna and keiki alike carry the Kaimuki Y in their hearts as their home-away-from-home, as their Y-Ohana. It goes without saying that we have a very strong senior population at the Y; strong in numbers, but in community as well.
We always strive to do better and the work of inclusion and diversity that Y's all over the world are doing inspires us. Watch the video below to see how the YMCA celebrates Welcoming Week!
- 1/2 cup poi
- 2 tablespoons cold water (optional)
- 2 teaspoons honey (or other natural sweetener, ex: agave)
- 1/2 cup coconut milk or yogurt of choice
1. Mix poi and water. Add honey or agave. Blend well.
2. Pour 1/2 poi mixture into the bottom of serving container (ex. mason jar, bowl)
3. Layer with 1/2 of coconut milk, granola and fruit of choice.
4. Repeat - poi, coconut milk, granola and fruit of choice.
Makes 1 serving.
Want to learn the Hawaiian story behind poi? Read in the file below!
Q: Do you think we can make the goal?
A: I was born a cautious optimist, but I”m going to say hell yes!
We are a charitable, non-profit organization committed to helping our community by providing a safe place to be active, make friends, and belong - and most importantly, we are FOR ALL.
As part of our mission to champion equity, we provide financial aid to individuals and families who need it to be able to join our programs and be members of the Kaimuki YMCA. Your donations to the Annual Campaign go to this very fund that provides financial assistance to those who need it most.
(Learn more about Financial Aid)
It's rewarding work and as members of our community, we'd like to share with you some heartfelt thank you notes we've received over the years from our Financial Aid recipients.
Youth and Government has also impacted my life by making new connections with people not only in Hawaii but people around the United States and other countries this has really mad my life a whole lot better because I met so many wonderful people who really care about the program.
I actually had the opportunity to attend the model legislature in Arizona. It was really emotional because I got to see everyone who I met and more. The program that i thank for all of this is C.O.N.A or Conference on National Affairs. That's where I met all these amazing people.
So I'm really exited to go back to C.O.N.A this coming summer and my final year in Youth and Government. This all wouldn't be possible without my lead advisor, Jay. He brought me to this Y and every teen program that was offered.
I encourage everybody to join because this program has dramatically changed my life. I come from personal experience.
Learn more about our Youth and Government program at the YMCA of Honolulu here.
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