Youth Sports Coach Makes a Difference…

Since 1993, Al has impacted kids’ lives through his hard work and dedication as a volunteer youth sports coach. For Al, the Y has been a place where he’s helped young kids learn the importance of the Y’s core values – caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. The Y fits his own coaching philosophy that emphasizes passion, teamwork, skill building, and enjoyment… Read more »

Our Y-Leaders, making an impact!

The youth and government program is one of our movement’s leading youth initiatives. For many years, youth and government delegations from across the country have taught teenagers the inner workings of our government and political systems. Students write, sponsor, and debate bills at local, state, regional, and national levels. Our YMCA has about 40 young people in the youth and government… Read more »

Jessie and Emily, a Team of Dedication!

Jessie and her daughter have been YMCA members since 1983 when Jessie brought six-month-old Emily to ‘Mommy and Me’ classes. While her children were growing up, Jessie taught swim lessons at the Ott branch and the family connection deepened. Even today, they enjoy the water and use the Y pools. They embrace the YMCA’s family friendly atmosphere and appreciate the… Read more »

“The Y has helped raise really great kids!”

Nura and her family began their long history with the Y in 1994 when she was seeking a safe place for her three children, Hanad, Amina and Hassan. At the time however, the family didn’t have the resources to send them all to summer camp. Thanks to the annual fundraising campaign, the Y was able to offer scholarships for… Read more »

Triangle Y Camp Changing Lives One Kid at a Time!

Tri Y is excited to partner with groups like Camp Corral, Operation Purple, and the Arizona Daily Star Sportsmen’s Fund so children from military families can enjoy an exceptional camp experience. These special weeks of traditional overnight camp celebrate our military community and give campers the chance to just be kids. This year was MJ’s first time attending Operation Purple;… Read more »

Omar: Membership Transformation

For Omar, the Y is more than a gym, it is his motivational support. Omar decided to take his health more seriously and started attending the YMCA 3-5 times a week. In a year he lost more than 90 pounds! At the Y, Omar finds the motivation he needs to keep coming back day after… Read more »

Marcia: Volunteer Transformation

Marcia was born and raised in Chile. Through a special bilingual program at her YMCA there, Marcia was offered a chance to volunteer in the Unites States. The volunteering opportunity was working with children at the Y. Marcia taught the children how to speak Spanish and about different cultures. Through this work Marcia learned how… Read more »

Fred: Diabetes Prevention Program Transformation

Fred has nine siblings who all developed type 2 diabetes. Fred thought he was destined to the same fate until he found and joined the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program. Fred attended classes weekly, kept track of his diet, and started working out at the Y three times a week. Fred said, “I learned so much… Read more »

Lily: Child Care Transformation

The Y offers a variety of experiences to nurture the potential of every child and teen, improve our community’s health and well-being, and support those in need. At only two years old Lily experienced a life changing tragedy. Afterwards, Lily was unable to talk, had social anxiety, and was not eating. A friend told Sherry… Read more »

Bettye: Volunteer Transformation

Bettye has been involved with the YMCA since the early 1940’s. For Bettye, the Y has always been there for her, it helped shape her life from the start. The Y is a positive and stable place for her to go. She learned how, despite the difficulties of her upbringing, to have a positive attitude… Read more »

Kelly: Karate Transformation

Kelly is a beautiful, bright-eyed, easy-to smile young woman; Kelly also happens to have Down syndrome.  Kelly took Karate classes at the YMCA this past Fall, works out with a personal trainer three times weekly, as well as swims at the Y a couple of afternoons a week. Since the moment she walked into the… Read more »

Noah: All Kids Swim Transformation

Noah is so excited to be a part of All Kid Swim! The transformation from the afraid look to one of confidence has been unbelievable to witness as a parent. Noah can float on his back and on his stomach and has even said he was going to teach his mom how to swim! He… Read more »

Kristina’s Story: A whole new world at the Y

The Y is more than a gym, it’s a cause. The Y has been helping the people of Pima County reach their fullest potential for over 100 years. Kristina had been a distance runner for 30 years when she learned that she would never run again. Kristina’s knees, frayed and worn away from severe arthritis,… Read more »

Rayne’s story: Leading the Way to the Future

The Y is more than a gym… it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For thirteen-year-old Rayne, the Y is where she’s grown up. The Y is the start of her future. At 13, Rayne has big dreams for her future and a clear path… Read more »

Derrick’s Story: The Y: Making Miracles Happen

The Y is more than a gym… it’s a cause. For 100 years, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has been helping the people of Pima County overcome obstacles and unleash their fullest potential. For Derrick, the Y has saved him from the damaging physical effects of a neurological disease. The Y gave him hope, where… Read more »

Bailey’s Story: Triangle Y Ranch: Developing Leaders

The YMCA is more than a gym….it’s a cause. From A to Z, from camp to confidence, the YMCA of Southern Arizona has been helping our neighbors learn, grow and thrive for 100 years. The thousands of people who support our Y cause are our greatest resource when it comes to providing experiences for youth… Read more »

Manny’s Story: “Watch out World”

Manny’s Story: “Watch out World”: learning, leading and living The YMCA is more than a gym… it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For Manny, the Y is so much more. The Y is the start of his path to wellness and self-esteem. The Y… Read more »

For Cathy, the Y is more than her gym

Cathy’s Story: The Y: Building Strength, Building Community through Healthy Living The YMCA is more than a gym…it’s a cause. The Y is a charity dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For 100 years we’ve been proud to help our neighbors learn, grow and thrive. With programs from A to Z—from athletics… Read more »

In One Mom’s Words

“As a parent to children with a variety of special needs, I am continually surprised by the ongoing support they receive to help them be successful at sleep away camp! One of my children required a one-on-one shadow, which camp was able to provide. Wow, what an opportunity to feel she was doing something on… Read more »