Morgan Family YMCA

Jamaal was accustomed to sitting around at home playing video games. His mother could see that he was unhappy and bored, so she encouraged him to get involved with the Y.

After joining the Y, Jamaal developed a passion for rock climbing. He eventually became a certified volunteer and is now a mentor and teacher to younger kids learning to climb. His love for teaching led him to expand his volunteer scope to coaching football and soccer.

“I’ve always been good at working with kids,” said Jamaal. “I look for the strengths in the kids and try to help them build on those.”

The Y opened up a whole new world of activities and friendships for Jamaal. From an inactive lifestyle without many friends, Jamaal is now an active teen with new friends, and an emerging leader in youth development.