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  • Julie

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

    Julie

  • Brandy

    "I am able to continue my education and work toward my dream."

    Brandy is a strong, young mother working to support her daughter.  When she became pregnant during her junior year of high school, she panicked and worried, but stayed focused and finished hig

  • 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

  • Dustin

    We are so proud of Dustin!

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

  • Tiffany

    "LIVESTRONG at the YMCA increased my confidence and gave me the opportunity to form a connection with other cancer survivors."

    Tiffany was just 32 years old and 35 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was diagnosed with Stage II Breast Cancer.  With a baby on the way and a two-year-old son, she vowed that she

  • 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.

  • Lindsey

    “We see those we work with grow over the course of a year."

    The Greg Delos Y-Tutoring Program at the Washington University Campus Y provides an o

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Maggie

    “This program helped me to become a better parent."

    Maggie found Y Community Literacy while staying at Haven of Grace, a home that helps

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