This blog post originally appeared on Feed the Children's website. It is published here with permission.

“Better than Christmas!” is what one third grade student said about Amherst Cinema’s groundbreaking arts and literacy program, See-Hear-Feel-Film (SHFF), and we couldn’t agree more!

The Hampshire Regional YMCA has been helping the surrounding Northampton community since its inception in 1890. Like all Ys, we provide multiple pathways for members of different backgrounds and lifestyles to better themselves and positively impact the community through healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility.

"The Club is like a second home for me. I always feel welcomed here. The Club’s great staff has taught me to be a better person and taught me right from wrong. As I grow older my goal is to be a part of that staff and continue teaching that philosophy."

The most important thing I’ve gained through my connection with Friends of Children is believing in myself and knowing that people love and care for me.

Meghan Mullane seated

I loved to play sports - basketball, softball and soccer. When I was 11 the growth plate in my left hip broke. I had three surgeries at another facility and each time the pain got worse. I didn't even want to get out of bed to go to school - which I really love. I was in a wheel chair and was using a walker or crutches for a year.

Girl in science lab

In summer 2014, Angelynn took a Eureka! workshop from College of Information and Computer Sciences faculty member Ben Marlin, who is now finishing his third year volunteering for the program.

Four women smiling

Children 6-8 years old stepped into the shoes of Odd Squad agents to solve and report a series of odd cases as they engaged in interactive content, games and crafts.

Solider standing in front of Norwich University sign

Christopher Kennedy is one of our children. In May he graduated from Norwich University in Vermont. 

Man shaking hands

Amherst A Better Chance provides a supportive “better chance” experience for young men of color who come from resource-disadvantaged communities and school districts. 


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