At the Y we believe that every child should start the school year ready to excel.  We believe that success starts from day one and we know our community can come together to help all of the children in our city achieve success. 

Here’s How it Works

Before school starts, the Y invites eligible children to participate. Children meet at the Bryan Y on their assigned shopping date. They are paired with a volunteer shopping buddy, have dinner and head to their local store. Together, the child and shopping buddy shop for much needed new school clothes. Children are also given a new backpack and grade-appropriate school supplies. Shopping buddies escort the children back to the bus and return to the Y to their waiting parents. For more information about Bright Beginnings check out our FAQs.


Make a Donation

There is no cost to the child’s family to participate. We count on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations and we are determined to send 100 children from the Bryan YMCA shopping this August. But we need your help. All donations are greatly appreciated; sponsoring 10 children ($1,500) or even just one or two children at $150 each, makes a difference.

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 Shopping Buddy Dates For 2016: August 3, 4, 8, and 10th.

Becoming a Bright Beginnings Shopping Buddy requires no more than a ready smile, less than three hours of your time, and the desire to help a child. Individuals and small groups are always welcome. Take an active role in nurturing the potential of our youth and volunteer this August!

We are currently full for volunteers.  Thank you for your interest, we hope to see you next year!


Become a Backpack Buddy

Each child who shops with YMCA Bright Beginnings receives a backpack and grade appropriate school supplies. Your business,  organization, or family can partner with the Bryan YMCA and fill backpacks appropriate for children in grades 1st-8th. Pick up a supply list at any store and purchase those items and return it to the Bryan Y by August 1st or check out our Bright Beginnings Needed Supplies List.

Please contact Sarah Collins or Julie Brannon to discuss how you can give back and support our youngest neighbors.

Special Thank you to our Sponsors!

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