Julius L.

University Y Student Center

Being from a military family, Julius moved a lot. Before the age of seventeen he had lived in Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and California. Oakland was his permanent residence and proved to be a tough place to grow up. 
 
Julius found refuge in the local Y where he and his friends would meet after school to play basketball, video games, and receive homework assistance. It was many years later that he moved to Tacoma and heard that the newly constructed University Y Student Center was hiring. Remembering the positive impact the Y had on his own childhood made Julius want to be part of this positive place. 
 
"I remember when I first started working at the Y and there was not even anything in the building," he recalls. "I have been here helping put things together since the beginning and I am proud to be a part of such a great facility."
 
Julius has formed a strong bond with the mission of the Y both as a member and as an employee and has helped him broaden his goals. ?I would really like to own my own restaurant or food truck one day, but more than anything, I want to help the youth in my community to get on a better track in life and help them to build better leadership skills," he said. "Going to the Y as a kid helped me to stay out of trouble and grow up in a positive environment, so it would be great to one day return the favor.?