Youth Development

YMCA of the North Shore, Inc.

  • Beverly, MA
  • http://www.northshoreymca.org/

Mission Statement

Our Y welcomes all. We strengthen communities, educate and nurture children, and promote healthy living in spirit, mind and body.The Y: We're for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility

Main Programs

  1. Affordable Child Care
  2. Affordable Housing
  3. Day Camp
  4. Health & Wellness Programs
  5. Various Programs for all ages
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The YMCA of the North Shore is an association of 7 YMCAs serving 25 communities: Amesbury, Atkinson (NH), Beverly, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Newton (NH), Plaistow (NH), Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Swampscott, Wenham & West Newbury.

ruling year

1942

Principal Officer since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Christopher J. Lovasco

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, childcare, teen programs, recreation activities, affordable housing, health & well-being, arts & culture

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Also Known As

Plaistow Community YMCA

EIN

04-2104913

 Number

7690522690

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Physical Fitness/Community Recreational Facilities (N30)

Public Housing (L21)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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2015 Accomplishments In 2015, the YMCA of the North Shore served 65,000 people and gave away $3.8 million in scholarships and no-cost programs. One of every five people we serve qualifies for financial assistance. We are committed to our financial assistance program because everyone deserves the Y, and we want it to be a place where ALL belong. In 2015, the Y expanded its Summer Learning Loss Prevention program, serving more than 300 children in four communities. Nearly all of those children maintained or increased reading levels. In 2015, the Ipswich YMCA met its capital campaign goal and began expansion of its facility, adding an outdoor pool and splash playground as well. The YMCA of the North Shore proudly announces its 2016 Strategic Initiatives:We will enhance our approach to youth and teen skill development to prepare young people for success in school and career.We will champion the fight to reverse the obesity epidemic in our communities; elevating well-being, prevention, and health maintenance as a community.We will help people improve their health and well-being, particularly those facing health challenges: chronic disease, mental health issues, and substance use disorders.We will provide experiences which strengthen relationships and sense of belonging, improving self-worth and reducing social isolation in teens and adults.We will provide opportunities to those who struggle financially for quality housing, academic success, nutritious foods, and activities that build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Affordable Child Care

We offer child care services for infants through school age at many locations throughout the North Shore

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$5,000,000.00

Program 2

Affordable Housing

The YMCA of the North Shore offers affordable housing for families in Beverly and Ipswich, as well as affordable housing for single adults in Beverly, Ipswich, Gloucester, and Haverhill.

Category

Housing

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$1,000,000.00

Program 3

Day Camp

We offer summer camping opportunities for children and youth of all ages. Our camps range from traditional day camp to specialty camps, including adventure programming, cooking, gymnastics, sports, and a variety of other options.

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Budget

$2,000,000.00

Program 4

Health & Wellness Programs

The YMCA offers an array of health and wellness programming for all ages. From infant swim lessons to senior aerobics, there is something for everyone.

Category

Recreation & Sports, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Other Named Groups

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

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Program 5

Various Programs for all ages

The YMCA offers programs and classes for all ages, including: aquatics; arts & humanities; youth sports; adult leagues; senior programming; aerobics for all levels; adventure programs; teen programming; service-learning opportunities; youth & family programs; field trips; and much more!

Category

Youth Development, General/Other

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$10,000,000

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The YMCA of the North Shore aims to be a community organization that serves all. We strive to be the foremost organization for youth and families, promoting healthy living.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategic Priorities & Goals:Bringing Our Mission to Life:We will enhance our approach to youth and teen skill development to prepare young people for success in school and career.We will champion the fight to reverse the obesity epidemic in our communities; elevating well-being, prevention, and health maintenance as a community.We will help people improve their health and well-being, particularly those facing health challenges: chronic disease, mental health issues, and substance use disorders.We will provide experiences which strengthen relationships and sense of belonging, improving self-worth and reducing social isolation in teens and adults.We will provide opportunities to those who struggle financially for quality housing, academic success, nutritious foods, and activities that build healthy spirits, minds, and bodies.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children of all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. With a commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, the Y ensures that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. Anchored in 25 North Shore communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change. Though the world is unpredictable, one thing remains certain - the Y is, and always will be, dedicated to building healthy, confident, and secure children, adults and families.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We measure our success in several ways, including membership retention, donor retention, and program participation. These numbers have continued to steadily increase. We also rely on satisfaction surveys that help us to improve our services and programs. We engage focus groups comprised of Board members, staff, Y members, and community members to gauge needs and perceptions before embarking upon new initiatives.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The YMCA of the North Shore maintains a steady membership base and has continued to increase its charitable contributions through individual donors, corporate donors, and foundation grants. Our largest fundraising event of the year recently surpassed its goal for the 8th consecutive year. We continue to live our mission and successfully work toward the goals and objectives of our 5-year strategic plan. We believe that we are having a positive impact on the lives of those we serve.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Massachusetts

The YMCA of the North Shore is an association of 7 YMCAs serving 25 communities: Amesbury, Atkinson (NH), Beverly, Essex, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Marblehead, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Newton (NH), Plaistow (NH), Rockport, Rowley, Salem, Salisbury, Swampscott, Wenham & West Newbury.

Funding Needs

Financial Assistance The YMCA gives away more than $2.65 million in membership and program scholarships to more than 14,000 deserving individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford Y programs/services. Additionally, we offer more than $1.5 million in no-cost programming for the betterment of the 25 communities we serve. We must increase our fundraising efforts to maintain this valuable program for those in need. Focus on Chronic Health Prevention and Aging Population Needs The Y is emphatically focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. We are recognized experts in youth development and our mission focuses on social responsibility. We must expand our scope of work for a healthier North Shore. In addition to financial resources, we will seek partners who share our vision and can provide expertise and support in achieving this work. A primary focus in 2016 will be creating new healthy living initiatives. Focus on Reducing the Achievement Gap In 2015, we saw significant success in our Summer Learning Loss Prevention programs. On average, students in our programs gained 1 month of summer learning, as opposed to losing 2 months, which is typical for low-income children. This is amazing progress but we realize that we must increase our impact in this area. We will continue our SLLP programs with a focus on increased fundraising with a goal of serving more children.

Accreditations

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter

Chamber of Commerce

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YMCA OF THE NORTH SHORE INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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YMCA of the North Shore, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Mr. Christopher J. Lovasco

BIO

Christopher (Chris) Lovasco is the Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA of the North Shore. He supervises 160 full-time staff, 1,400 part-time staff, and 3,400 volunteers; and is responsible for seven local YMCAs with 25 sites and nearly 50,000 members. He is responsible for management and administration of a $33 million budget. Mr. Lovasco supervises facility operations, member services and program development and implementation for all populations at these Ys. He oversees annual fundraising, endowment development and capital fundraising. Mr. Lovasco has been employed by the YMCA of the North Shore since 1994, most notably as Chief Operating Officer from 2005 through 2014. He played a key role in the acquisition of the Rockingham Athletic Club in Plaistow, NH, which is now the Plaistow Community YMCA, the newest association member of the YMCA of the North Shore. Mr. Lovasco was also instrumental in acquiring the Haverhill YMCA. As COO, it was Lovasco's dream to add performing arts to the Y's programs for North Shore students. That dream was fulfilled with a successful capital campaign to restore Ames Hall to establish the YMCA of the North Shore Performing Arts Center at the Salem YMCA. This venue houses the YMCA of the North Shore Theatre, which produces musical plays, giving youth and teens access to acting and singing lessons and opportunities. Lovasco has also been instrumental in establishing and maintaining affordable housing for low-income residents of the North Shore. The Y manages affordable housing units in Beverly, Ipswich, Cape Ann and Haverhill for 515 residents.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Although the YMCA of the North Shore is part of large international charitable organization with a strong and storied history, we have purposefully maintained a""Main Street"" culture in all the communities we serve. ""Main Street"" historically is where the community gathers to make friends, get involved, and work together to better the community. ""Main Street"" has always been the center of all community life, where our commonalities - and even our differences - are shared and celebrated. Our YMCAs are communities where young and old gather, play, share, learn, communicate and, most importantly, it's where all belong. Our Y is a leader in youth development, a pioneer in healthy living, and a catalyst for social responsibility. The YMCA of the North Shore maintains seven YMCA facilities in seven North Shore cities, serving a total of 25 communities. We operate: * 8 Youth & Teen Centers, providing teens a safe and nurturing place to be after school and on weekends; * 9 affordable housing communities, giving 385 people a place to call home; * Infant, toddler, and preschool centers in five communities, giving families an affordable option for high-quality childcare; * A wide range of afterschool care to all of the communities we serve; * A Creative Arts Center with a full range of arts education options for youth and teens; * 6 licensed youth camps, offering traditional camping experience as well as a multitude of specialty camps for all ages and interests; We also offer: * Aquatics programs for all ages and skill levels, from infant swim lessons to senior aerobics and competitive swim teams; * an array of health and wellness programming for all ages … there is something for everyone; * service-learning and volunteer opportunities for teens and adults; * youth sports and recreation options to meet all levels of ability; * adult leagues for friendly competition and camaraderie; * health and fitness options for all ages and abilities from low-impact groups to high-intensity personal training; * wellness programming for all ages, focusing on obesity and diabetes prevention to osteoporosis and high-blood-pressure screening; * a generous financial assistance program serving over 10,000 different individuals annually, giving everyone the opportunity to join the Y, regardless of income. We are a mission-driven organization committed to the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our YMCA provides all children, adults, and families, regardless of income, with opportunities to develop a healthy spirit, mind and body. We are the Y. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. William J. Leaver

Koda Enterprises

Term: June 2016 - May 2019

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