According to Kristine Allard, the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the YMCA, on Thursday, September 18th, Smith & Wesson will present a $50,000 check to support the YMCA’s Y-AIM program.
The Y-AIM program is designed to provide talented, underachieving, at-risk youth with a solid support system as a means to assure graduation from high school. They help these teens pursue a higher education, and give them access to gainful employment in the global marketplace.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of Smith & Wesson, and appreciate how they recognized and acted on the need for community partnerships to support the education of our youth,” says Kirk Smith, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Springfield. “Thanks to community-minded leaders like Smith & Wesson, Big Y Foods, Springfield Public Schools and our many other community partners, the Y can continue to provide resources and opportunities to meet the growing needs of our community.”
James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson, said, “At Smith & Wesson we are committed to supporting the community we have been a part of for over 160 years. Today we are proud to strengthen our relationship with the YMCA of Greater Springfield and the youth in our community by providing financial support for Y-AIM. We believe that encouraging today’s youth to set and achieve goals will help them acquire the tools they need to become successful adults.”
The program is widely acclaimed for its successful high school graduation rate. Allard said 100 percent of Y-AIM participants graduated from high school in 2014.
Debney will present the check to Smith at 275 Chestnut Street; the YMCA in downtown Springfield. The event will start at 10:00 a.m.