Lawrence's Story

Lawrence participates in conversations during meal time with his peers and is actively involved in clubs. The Y has given Lawrence many opportunities to feel supported, accepted, and appreciated for his hard work and dedication. As a first grader at Polk Elementary, Lawrence struggled communicating with his peers and teachers at school. He also had a difficult time with reading and completing his homework. With these challenges in mind, the YMCA Afterschool Program staff provided a positive and supportive atmosphere for Lawrence by reading with him every day and encouraging him to be himself.Not only have his reading skills and school work improved, but Lawrence has had the chance to make many positive interactions with his peers.