Ben is a young boy with autism who has trouble making friends, and figuring out social situations. At first, he had a hard time connecting with the campers in his bunk. One day, he asked his bunk-mate, Aaron, if he could play ping pong, and Aaron told him ‘no’.
At CYJ, everyone belongs. By showing each and every camper love, acceptance, and respect — and asking for it in return — they feel important, accepted and most importantly, capable of doing great things.
It’s amazing that we as society have accepted mediocrity for most non-profits. “They are doing good work and that excuses bad behaviors like not returning phone calls or not being responsive. I have always felt we (meaning CYJ) could be better and possibly as an example for other Non-Profits. However, I was not seeing the big picture.