continued Lanning said her charity is grateful for the support received from Ticonderoga, especially the efforts of Joelle Stonitsch.
“Now a volunteer firefighter and licensed emergency medical technician, Joelle puts her life into other people’s most fearful times every day,” Lanning said. “She personifies hope and possibility.”
Hope and possibility are keys to the YES! program, Lanning noted.
“The children in the YES! family are pre-teen and early teen boys and girls who have aptitudes that are thwarted by the circumstances in which they have been living,” she said. “Most of these kids are the first in their families to break the cycle of poverty and stagnation. Most come from gang-influenced public schools and neighborhoods. Most live with a single parent or grandparent who might be seriously ill, addicted or dying. Many live in abusive homes.”
“When other people’s choices and mistakes, or family misfortunes, choke the future out of a child’s life, kids show amazing resilience if given the right second chance,” Lanning said. “YES!Solutions helps children and families get past their shattered beginnings. We bring possibility back, and hope. Our teens learn that they can surpass, if not change, the brokenness in their families and neighborhoods.”