The community is invited to help make Matt Kovacs, the support services director of the F.M. Kirby Children’s Center of the Madison Area YMCA, a Life Changer of the Year award winner. Mr. Kovacs has been nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year award, which is sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation.


This national award recognizes and rewards K-12 educators and school employees who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. The National Group Foundation will bestow the LifeChanger of the Year award on 15 nominees this spring.


The selection committee reviews the comments, testimonials and personal stories about how nominees have made a difference in people’s lives. Please comment and share on social media your personal stories about Matt Kovacs to help him receive this prestigious award. Visit

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“The goal of any LifeChanger is to make a positive difference in the lives of students, their families and the local community. Matt Kovacs is a self-effacing, humble teacher who has quietly become an incredible LifeChanger,” said Madison Area YMCA Executive Director Harriet McCarter. “Mr. Matt, as he is fondly referred to by the students, is not just a LifeChanger because of what he does, but because of who he is. He lives the Y's core values of caring, respect, honesty and social responsibility. He is the unique individual who can make every student and every individual feel like the most important person in the room. Mr. Matt is so much more than an educator; he is a mentor, a sounding board, a role model, a standard bearer, a friend and a supporter who will never let anyone down.”


The Madison Area YMCA is a 501c3 cause-driven charitable organization dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.