The Stories that Bring Us Together

Youth and Government™ has not only offered Dany a safe place to thrive, but also it's the reason she calls the Y her second home. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

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Bill Walton

West End YMCA

"It Feels Like Getting a Brand New Body."

Just hearing Bill talk with friends and listening to his infectious laugh is enough to bring this community together. Find out why when he's in the water, "it feels like heaven." This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Gabby & Marlene

Moultrie YMCA

"I'm Getting My Daughter Ready for Kindergarten."

Every mother wishes more for her children. For Gabby, the Y's early learning readiness program is giving her daughter, Marlene, a chance to become something. This is their Y. Their camera. Their story.

Leslie Hejnal

YMCA of Greater New Orleans

"I Found the Energy to Play with My Kids Again."

Not everybody was born to run. But that hasn't stopped Leslie from getting back the energy she needed to spend quality time with her kids and family.
This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

Jim Wilson

Casper Family YMCA

"Motion's the Key to Life. "

At age 97, Jim Wilson's still hitting the Y for a healthy dose of exercise. Find out why it's never too late get into shape. This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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The Project Begins with You

In some way or another, our lives have been touched by the three things that make the Y community so strong: youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. By listening to each other's stories, we're able to catch a glimpse of all the hope, strength, and determination across the country and how everyone's living the Y's values. But what exactly is it about the Y that means so much to us, our families, and friends? 

This question was on the minds of more than 90 members nationwide who have benefitted from the Y's programs and service with the call to capture footage from around their communities and—most of all—have fun telling their stories in their own words. 

  • Dany revealed how the Youth and Government™ program offered a safe place she calls home
  • Over in Ohio, Bill praised the Y for helping him walk again in water
  • Sarah's sharing how the Y's immigrant services opened the door to a country full of promise (video to come).

Your Y. Your Camera. Your Story. 

Now, it's your turn. 

Do you have a Y story that's changed your life? If so, pick up your cameraany camera: a digital device, smart phone, or tabletsend your video, share your story, and show us how the Y's helped benefit you and your community.

Contact us to share your story. You might just be our next featured storyteller for the Y!

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