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  • Meet Nick

    "Knowing that I have the skills to save a life is very empowering."

    Nick will be a Senior at Marquette High School this upcoming fall.

  • Meet Mariana

    “I want to be a doctor when I grow up. The Y helped me know that I can do that.”

    “I want to be a doctor when I grow up. The Y helped me know that I can do that.” - Mariana.

  • Meet Julie

    "I knew I needed to choose to save my life.”

    Julie

  • Meet Jasmine

    "The YRead Program made a huge difference in our lives."

    Jasmine works hard and earns good grades, but her mother worried that she struggled with reading comprehension.  After being unable to get help through her local school district, Jasmine&rsquo

  • Meet Bobbie

    Bobbie has found strength and confidence to keep moving forward and inspiring others.

    Bobbie was recently nominated and won the Jim Guest ‘Reaching for the Stars Award’ given by the Recreation Council of Greater St Louis in recognition of the progress and effort she has

  • Meet Noah

    Meet Noah, age 6. He really enjoyed his first year at summer camp with the Y.

    Meet Noah, age 6. He really enjoyed his first year at summer camp with the Y, making new friends, staying active and having fun.

  • Meet Jeff

    Even though I've been doing this my whole life and consider myself an advanced weight lifter, I can still learn a few things.

    Jeff has been a member of the Y for six years and we look forward to seeing him everyday during his lunch break.

  • Meet Dustin

    We are so proud of Dustin!

    Dustin is a lifeguard, Teen Leader, volunteer, and important part of our Y.

  • Meet Nora

    Her fun, quirky personality has exploded, and she truly IS a different little girl.

    Nora is a student of the Early Learning Readiness program through the YMCA. Nora has had quite a path getting to where she is today.

  • Meet Stephen

    If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair.

    “If I was not going to the Y at my age with my health problems (bad hips), I’d be in a wheelchair.” Stephen Voss has been a YMCA member at least 12 years.

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