For the fourth year, Gloucester’s Rick Doucette, YMCA Teen & Camping Services director, is taking teens and chaperons from North Shore YMCAs to New Orleans during April Vacation to help people rebuild the City and even the Bayou — they plant trees as well as repair homes.
This trip works wonders on many levels: local teens are immersed in New Orleans culture; they feel the joy of having a profoundly positive impact on other people’s lives; they experience first-hand how working together builds a stronger community.
Most kids goof off during April vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a firm believer in giving kids free-time to explore the world and become themselves. But something vital touches me when I hear that 47 local teens are going to donate their vacation time to work hard on a construction site or in a swamp so that people 1500 miles away can have a better life.
That’s one reason why Vickie and I are producing a concert next Saturday, April 6, featuring New Orleans natives Henri Smith & Charles Neville to help raise money for this trip. Last year, we sold out Minglewood Tavern on Mardi Gras, so we decided to take it to another level this year and host it at the historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly (more about that here).
Here’s a list of the adventurous teens who are going on the trip and the YMCA they belong to. Let’s honor them by helping to raise money so their parents don’t have to pay for their kids to work during April Vacation.
|BEVERLY YMCA||LYNCH VAN OTERLOO YMCA|
|Meghan Cafferty||Emma Knittle|
|Elizabeth Coughlin||Renee Pavolich|
|Anna Gibson||Emily Peugh|
|Nicholas Jalbert||Adam Rodgers|
|Rebecca Salah||SALEM YMCA|
|CAPE ANN YMCA||Catherine Marcoux|
|Michael Collins||Hannah Morin|
|Frederick Doucette Jr||Jakob Murtaugh|
|Christian O’Donnell||Will Parr|
|Kevin Redmond||Morgan Rogers|
|Conor Williamson||Aiden Scrimgeour|
|Zachary White||Shannon Tucker|
|Tyler Bailey-Jerome||Elektra Tzannus Newman|
|Molly White||Madeline Wiryo|
|Leia Sturtevant||Brenna Burke|
|Nicole Klink Marin||Ian Carter|
|Nicole Williamson||Nathaniel Clark|
|Shannon Gallagher||Catherine Coleman|
|John Brisson||Audrey Delgado|
|Zeke Pasquarelli||Chase Duffin|
|Jared Marshall||Jaclyn Jermym|
|Austin Sousa||Cole Jermym|
|Steven Verga||Abby Sherwood|