Welcome to the Y

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. That’s why at the Y, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

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Y Stories

Mom, daughter find hope, family at YMCA
Christina & Gracie Harris
Gracie Harris was just 14 years old when she saw her dad die of a massive heart attack. He was only 48. That tragedy sparked a profound lifestyle change in Gracie and her mom, Christina Harris, of Oxford. Today, Gracie and Christina are a combined 100 pounds lighter and have found the motivation and support [...]
Mendez Connects Kids at New Gothenburg After-School Program
Antonia Mendez

One year ago, Antonia Mendez and her family were newcomers to Gothenburg trying to meet people and get connected in the community.

Today, Antonia is working side-by-side with her friends and neighbors to help other families and children learn, grow and connect through her role as the after-school program director at the YMCA at Gothenburg Health.

Challenge Motivates Cates Family To Move
Kristina Cates

Sometimes, it just takes a little extra incentive to gain motivation to exercise. For Kristina Cates of Holdrege, that motivation came in the form of an exercise challenge offered at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA and a little encouragement from a YMCA staff member.

Cornelius Finds Friendship, Inspiration Through Personal Training at Orthman YMCA
Haley Cornelius

Cozad native Haley Cornelius has spent half her life in a wheelchair. But, she hasn’t let that stop her from living a full and active life. From backpacking in Europe to vacationing in Colorado, Haley is always on the go.
Haley, 30, became a paraplegic at age 14 after a jet ski/boating accident at Johnson Lake. In April, she joined the Orthman Community YMCA after a friend asked her to be a personal training partner. The two signed up for training with Melanie Shubert, who has taken them through every training regimen possible.
“She’s the most creative person in terms of workouts,” Haley said of Melanie.

Nevarez Finds Belonging, Support in Group Exercise
Melissa Nevarez

That first brave step into the YMCA group exercise room launched a journey to a healthier lifestyle for Melissa Nevarez of Bertrand.

After the birth of her second child, Melissa decided it was time to take care of herself, too. Her boyfriend, Brandon, lifted weights and had a consistent workout routine at the Y. Her daughter, Aspen, participated in Y youth sports and programs. But, Melissa hadn’t yet found her exercise groove.

Melissa decided to start exercising in the wellness center on various cardio machines. Although the cardio machines are great, Melissa wasn’t motivated and exercised sporadically for about three months.