Service in the Sunshine


As we wait for the main facility to be built, the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road continues to make an impact in the SouthShore community. Case in point…teens from the Y’s Youth In Government (YIG) program recently completed a two-phase service project at the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road.


Nearly 30 teens from Y-Corps, a service learning program for YIG students across the entire state, painted the pavilion and dug up troublesome roots along the Robert and Jennifer Murphy Fitness Trail. A few weeks later, 20 Tampa YIG students returned to apply a second coat of paint. They also picked up trash and debris from the trail.


“Just from those two service projects, Youth In Government members learned how to be a part of a team, built their self-confidence and made meaningful friendships at the Y,” says Tampa Y Governance Board Vice-Chair Jennifer Murphy. “During which, they were all outdoors engaged in a healthy physical activity while giving back to their community by making it a better place for families to exercise and spend quality time together. The Y and its Youth In Government program are making a real difference and strengthening the community.”


Local YIG students will continue to perform service projects at the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road and hope to host a fun run there as well. To learn how YIG’s servant leadership curriculum prepares teens for a life of engaged and active citizenship built on the values of civil debate, statesmanship and research-based policy solutions, contact or visit

Pictured above: Dozens of YMCA Youth In Government students from across Florida pitched in to make the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road a better place for families.

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