Changing the Odds


Community partners and donors recently came together to celebrate nearly a decade of changing the odds in Sulphur Springs. The Tampa YMCA has been embedded in the high-need community for more than eight years and we’re truly making a difference – thanks to our generous donors, community partners, staff and volunteers.


Working with more than 60 community partners within the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise (SSNOP), the Y links social services with education so kids and their families can focus on being successful. The goal is to eradicate poverty through education by ensuring all children in the community will enter school prepared to succeed, function at grade level and graduate from high school prepared for college or a career.


At last month’s Sulphur Springs Y’s 5th Annual Stories of Change luncheon, the Y showcased partners, projects and testimonials from young students and families. For the first time, a Sulphur Springs YMCA Changemaker award was presented. Conn Memorial Foundation President and CEO Sheff Crowder received the inaugural award for his leading role in the development and continuation of SSNOP.


“If there is anything that you are in need of knowing…ask Sheff,” stated Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School Director Lakema Massey. “Sheff is full of insightful knowledge and always poses the most thought-provoking questions and encourages strategic and visionary thinking and planning. You are an amazing example of leadership and service!”


The Y would also like to extend our gratitude to Hillsborough County Public Schools staff for their continued support of our Community Learning Center within the community school. This past school year, we served more than 170 students in the afterschool program. And this summer, we’re engaging more than 150 campers to help change the odds for kids and families who need us!


For more information of our work in Sulphur Springs, click here.

Pictured above: Families and students shared their success stories at the Sulphur Springs YMCA’s 5th annual Stories of Change luncheon last month.


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