Beverly YMCA Teen Leaders Raise Money for Harborlight, The Beverly Citizen, April 18, 2011

By Staff reports

Beverly YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club includes front row, left to right, James Lebel, Mike McKenna, Aidan Blake, teen director Eric Campbell, Robert Lebel; second row, left to right, McPherson staff member Jennah Alwardi, Leyah Williams, Melanie Platt, Sam Putur; back row, left to right, Justin Carnevale, Haley Alwardi and Sarah McGilloway.

Beverly, Mass. ” In the first five months of operation, the YMCA’s Teen Leaders Club has already made a big difference for Beverly teens. The group, which volunteers their time at Kiwanis basketball games, YMCA dances and Beverly Bootstraps, is now embarking on their first big fundraising project.

Throughout the month of April, teens will be seeking out donations of used video games, controllers, hardware and accessories. GameStop of Beverly has partnered with the Y to buy back the games in exchange for cash, which the teens will donate to Harborlight Community Partners, a North Shore non-profit that provides affordable assisted living, independent elder housing and apartments for working families.

Harborlight Community Partners is so pleased to work with the McPherson Center’s Teen Leaders,  said Andrew DeFranza, executive director of Harborlight Community Partners. These young people are demonstrating a real concern for their local community by raising money to support to residents of senior affordable housing. They are also showing good environmental stewardship by recycling video games and avoiding landfills. Their efforts are an encouragement to all of us at HCP. 

The Teen Leaders Club began in November 2010 and has continued to attract teens looking to make a difference in the Beverly community.

We have a great group of middle and high school students who are dedicated to leading community service projects for local organizations,  said Eric Campbell, teen director for the Greater Beverly YMCA. They’re learning the important lesson of social responsibility by giving back to their neighbors. 

Donations of video games and related items can be brought to the Greater Beverly YMCA, 254 Essex St., or McPherson Youth and Teen Center, 4 McPherson Drive.

In addition, the club is always looking for new projects and ways to make a positive impact on the community. If you have an opportunity for the club to volunteer for, contact Eric Campbell, teen director, at 978-922-8655 or

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