On Saturday mornings, when many teens are sleeping in, 18-year-old Joshua Hare volunteers his time helping elementary students solve math problems and hone their spelling skills at the Y’s Bayshore Family Success Center in Leonardo.

The center began offering free tutoring and homework help to elementary school students in January, and Josh was the first to sign up to be a tutor. He went on to recruit four fellow National Honor Society members from Middletown High School North, where he is a senior.

Working one-on-one and in small groups, Josh helps kids in all subject areas every Saturday from 10 a.m.- noon.

Josh believes strongly in lending a hand to help build a stronger community.

“Volunteering builds great community,” Josh said. “The tutors have had the opportunity to share their skills with other students. All of what we as tutors have learned in school is now being put to use to help those who live around us. The students are also able to look up to those helping them. With that, volunteering and helping others has built relationships and allowed for the exchange of knowledge, all contributing to our community.”

The Community YMCA is thankful for teens like Josh, for being outstanding role models and helping us give young people the support they need to achieve their potential.

For more information on Homework Help or to volunteer at the Bayshore Family Success Center e-mail familysuccess@cymca.org.