Alashia J.

Lakewood Family YMCA

Shortely after Alashia joined the Y as a dance instructor, she suffered a lumbar tear from a car accident which put her dance career in jeopardy. Then, after becoming pregnant, she was in constant pain.
"Teaching was the only thing that kept me going," said Alashia. "Focusing on the children helped me escape."  
Through the encouragement of her supervisors, she began to feel like she mattered because of the role she was able to play in other's lives. Pouring into her students developed a drive to strengthen her body while she taught children to do the same.
"I didn't quit because I saw they (the students) were inspired," she said. "Michelle Halpain from the first day on has seen my changes both mentally and physically. As a mentor and supervisor she not only teaches the YMCA values, but also lives them."