Diana C.

Lakewood Family YMCA

Before Sarah came to the Y, the only exercise she got was playing outside. When she joined the Y nine years ago, she was exposed to new activities, made a lot of friends, and became interested in dance. Sarah began eating healthier and noticed that made the activities easier. "I have been positively changed by the Y because I workout more and I like to see other people being healthy," she said. Now a staff member, Sarah recalls her first mentor at the Y was the Youth Director and instructor in the sports skills classes. "He always called me by name and would encourage me to attend when he noticed I had been absent. He also told me about volunteer opportunities at the Y and I am excited to start volunteering soon."