The YMCA of Rock River Valley along with YMCA of the USA launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way.
The YMCA of Rock River Valley along with YMCA of the USA launched Zoe for President, a campaign to elect a one-year-old girl as our nation’s Commander in Chief…in 2064. The campaign highlights the potential the Y sees in all kids to grow up and change the world if they’re nurtured properly and supported along the way. The YMCA of Rock River Valley announced the campaign at its annual fundraising kick-off event.
Through Y initiatives like childcare, academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep, job training, and more, kids have the opportunities to succeed, grow, and one day, maybe even become president. The Y aims to impart the values of what it means to achieve—how hard work, determination, perseverance and character can drive someone to success beyond what they thought possible.
Like all candidates, Zoe has her own campaign website, ZoeForPresident.net (www.ZoeForPresident.net
), where users can donate to her campaign, watch videos to learn her stance on issues and shop for swag. When users locally donate to Zoe’s campaign, they are donating the YMCA of Rock River Valley and supporting the programs and services that enable kids like Zoe to thrive from childhood through retirement.
“The Y works to ensure all kids have the support they need to achieve their full potential,” said Mike Brown, CEO and President, YMCA of Rock River Valley. “We work to provide services addressing our community’s most critical social issues such as a lack in safe spaces for teens, child care for children who might be left home alone and an overweight population.”
Y programs like Project 505, the Walking School Bus and Kids’ Time after school care all provide much needed services to area youth, while nurturing their potential.
“We have seen the impact these programs have had on our children,” said Brown. “Nearly 300 teens now have access to the Y who didn’t before. They are engaged in healthy and productive activities and thinking about their future instead of getting into trouble. We know we can do more with the help of our donors.”
Zoe for President is the second phase of the Y’s For a better us™
campaign, a multi-year, multi-faceted effort to engage more people with the Y and its mission as a nonprofit. Earlier this year, the Y launched two powerful television commercials, Places,
and Idle Hands
, each spotlighting a different problem communities in America face today. Both spots closed with the Y’s nonprofit work on the ground, engaging and enriching kids and families through safe spaces, mentorship, education, meal programs and more.
The YMCA of Rock River Valley announced a $1.1 million campaign goal for 2016. Those interested in donating to the campaign and impacting lives in our community can visit www.rockriverymca.org/Give/
or call 779-500-0800.