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Zoe For President

Today’s toddlers are tomorrow’s presidents, and in the spirit of the election season, the YMCA launched a campaign to show how they help kids pursue greatness throughout their lives.

“We talk about, at the Y, about growing young children and giving them every opportunity they have to succeed and we believe at the Y that can happen. So everyone has a chance to be president,” said RJ Bartels, Executive Director of the Kroehler Family YMCA.

In this case, it’s Zoe, who represents the potential in each child if given a shot, and from early education to career readiness, the Y is preparing our young leaders for a bright future.

“Well across the Naperville YMCA’s, we have a concerted effort to have programs for kids as young as six months, all the way up to high school and going off to college. And we believe that progressive programs that we have throughout there gives kids an opportunity to learn different skills. It might be the soft skills, but it’s also academic skills and technical skills that will help them succeed and build confidence throughout their life,” added Bartels.

Every campaign donation goes directly to the YMCA to help fund various programs, including summer scholarships, which sent more than 150 kids to camp in Naperville last summer.

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Naperville News 17’s Rachel Pierson reports.


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