Lucas M.

Tacoma Center YMCA

A native of Tacoma, Lucas says the Y has always played a developmental role in his life, even as a young child. 
 
"I used to play youth sports at the Lakewood Family Y, and loved it!" said Lucas. As he grew up, his family saw the direct impact the organization had on his character as he grew to be more responsible about himself, others, and the earth. 
 
One takeaway that has stuck with Lucas has been strength training. "It's not just physical, it's mental," said Lucas. So much so that Lucas went to Eastern Washington University to pursue a degree in Exercise Science. "I believe God led me back to Tacoma and opened the door of opportunity to intern at the Y."
 
What started as the desire to purely gain workplace experience, transformed into passion for helping others see the power that takes place when they commit to living a life of purpose through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
 
"I didn't realize how much people actually care about you as you grow into adulthood beyond college," said Lucas. "It has been a great experience to see how the YMCA fills in the gaps of our community."