Engaged After the School Bell

Engaged and Thriving After the School Bell

As a 14-year-old with a learning disability, Adam has never been able to participate in social or after-school activities without a special education component. But hat was before Y-Achievers.

After six months in Y-Achievers, combined with therapeutic horse riding, Adam is making tremendous progress both socially and academically.

A project of the YMCA of Snohomish County at Port Susan Middle School, Y-Achievers provides a place for students to socialize after school, get homework assistance, and take part in fun activities like dodge ball and swimming.

“He’s made leaps and bounds in his progress academically,” says Adam’s mother, Mary. “The biggest area he’s made gains in is reading.”

Mary said her son, who has never read at grade level, was reading at the fourth grade level when he started seventh grade. Since beginning Y-Achievers, Adam’s skills have advanced to three grade levels, putting him up to par with his classmates.

“Socially, Y-Achievers is a fun environment with rules and boundaries. He enjoys going. That’s one of the biggest things for us. He loves to go!” Mary says.


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