March 01, 2016
At the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, our Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) program plays an important role in youth development within urban neighborhoods. Noah Bakr has been an active participant in many programs at the Y, especially YSVP. His dedication and commitment to our organization’s values of respect, responsibility, honesty and caring has left a positive impact on all of those who have had the pleasure of working with him. On May 21, 2016, the YMCA of Metro Chicago presented Noah with one of two Teen-of-the-Year Awards at the first annual Teen Awards Ceremony.
Noah recently graduated from our YSVP program, Urban Warriors, a trauma-informed program that pairs post 9-11 veterans with at-risk youth from some of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods. Within the program, he has helped facilitate group discussions and has inspired others to stay focused and make positive changes in their lives. Noah was also an active participant in Saturday Sanctions sessions at the Kelly Hall YMCA, YSVP’s Story Squad, Peace Circles and Summer Camp. He has even produced music with Grant Buhr, the Operations Coordinator of the YMCA of Metro Chicago’s YSVP initiative.
After high school, Noah plans on sharing what he’s learned with other participants of the Y, and will continue working on his service project. His next mission in life is majoring in mathematics at one of the 13 universities he has already been accepted to. Noah is a strong participant at the Y, and we are fortunate to have him as an outstanding leader in many of our YSVP programs! Congratulations to Noah and all of the nominees for a job well-done. We are very proud of our youth!