Thursday, May 23, 2013

Youth of the Year - Tom Senst

Tom Senst received the Bernon Family Branch’s Youth of the Year award for his commitment and dedication to making a positive impact on YMCA members, participants, and staff. He was awarded the honor at the annual Hockomock Area YMCA’s annual meeting and awards night on Wednesday, May 15 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham. 
Tom has been a member of the Hockomock Area YMCA since he was six years old, participating in summer camp and knowing as early as the first week that he would one day become a camp counselor. He credits his early counselors with having fostered morals of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in him. Having advanced from camper to leader-in-training, then counselor-in-training to cadet, he appreciates his current position as counselor because he gets to instill the same values in his campers. For two years, he has been an active participant in Leaders Club, the Y's leadership program that gives teens the opportunity to envision and pursue a positive future, and offers chances to take an active role in strengthening community. Tom is a respected member of the YMCA staff during the school year, acting as a group leader in the after school program called our School's Out program and as a coach in youth sports leagues. 
Hockomock YMCA
Tom Senst with Bernon Family Branch Camp & Teen Director Lexi Allen
Remarking on Tom's abilities, Lexi Allen, Camp and Teen Director, says, "It doesn’t take long to recognize his positive spirit, true compassion, and maturity beyond his years.” Tom smiles when he states matter-of-factly that the Y has contributed immensely to shaping who he is today. "The YMCA has given me a second family and no other organization or group that I've ever been a part of has given me such a great and tremendous gift,” says Tom Senst proudly.

About The Hockomock Area YMCAThe Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. 
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