Ashley N.

Gordon Family YMCA

For someone living with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), life moves at a different pace. That pace keeps nine-year-old Ashley extremely busy and active, and when her grandparents learned she had ADHD, they brought her to the Y.

"Routine is a big thing that helps with Ashley's ADHD," said Mary, Ashley's grandmother. "The Y gives her stability and helps her stay out of trouble."

At the Y, Ashley was introduced to a variety of programs to keep her engaged, with the convenience of being in one building. After trying dozens of programs, Ashley discovered the Arts Center at the Gordon Family YMCA, and fell in love with drawing and dance.

"She was very active, always needed to be moving, so I had to figure out how to keep her engaged," said Jimmy, Ashley's dance instructor. "You have to meet the unique needs of each person, otherwise you lose people."

Jimmy and fellow staff quickly learned that Ashley required a different approach to learning, and in a matter of months, she had already improved her attention and listening skills.

"The Y is a lifesaver for us," said Mary. "We were constantly at a loss to keep her entertained, and the Y has everything."