The Stories that Bring Us Together

Youth and Government™ has not only offered Dany a safe place to thrive, but it's also 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. 



Sarah Mgabo

YMCA of Greater Houston

"The Y Was My First Home in the U.S."

When Sarah left Rwanda nearly 16 years ago, she had no idea what was in store for her or her family. Thankfully, the Y was there for her to show them the way to a better, more secure life. This is her Y. Her camera. Her 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 family.
This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

Jim Wilson

Casper Family YMCA

"Motion is the Key to Life. "

At age 97, Jim Wilson is 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. 



The Stories Begin 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. 

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 has 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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