Yalaynah M.

Lakewood Family YMCA

After going through a difficult divorce Shavonne wanted to ensure her nine-year-old daughter, Yalaynah, had a positive influence in her life.

Shavonne found the perfect fit for her daughter at YMCA Summer Day Camp. In her time at camp, Yalaynah immediately fell in love with the Lego Robotics program.

Seeing her daughter embrace her love of science and engineering empowered Shavonne to take time for herself to exercise on a regular basis. Now, the two are at the Y six days a week.

"It's hard to be a single mom, but the Y gives us support," said Shavonne. "Coming here is the best part of our day. It's a family here."