This month, the Wang YMCA of Chinatown welcomes new leadership from the former head of the Greater Boston YMCA's Waltham facility.
Patricia Barnwell has taken the reins as executive director of the Chinatown branch, which serves nearly 4,000 people each year through programs geared to residents of all ages, including an early childhood education center, afterschool and summer camp programs for older children, and a fitness center with a heated indoor pool and a basketball court.
Barnwell said she was excited to nurture existing relationships with community partners and build new ones.
"The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility, and that?s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors," she said in a statement released by the Greater Boston YMCA.
A West Roxbury resident who grew up in Roslindale, Barnwell previously worked for the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services and the Old Colony YMCA before becoming director of administration, finance and development at YouthBuild Boston.
At the Waltham YMCA, Barnwell worked with board members, staff, and volunteers to expand the facility's programs and membership, according to the statement. She helped create service learning opportunities for students at Brandeis and Bentley universities, peer mentoring programs in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Down's Syndrome Congress, and health initiatives with public schools and community partners.
Bill Moy, chairman of the Wang YMCA board, welcomed Barnwell to her new position. "Pat is committed to advancing the goals of the branch and serving the youth, elderly, and many residents and business of the Chinatown community," he said in the statement. "The board wishes her much success in her new position at Wang and in the community."