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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

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.

Stevens Supports Lifetime Health Opportunities
Lynnette Stevens

Sports and physical activity have played a big part in Lynnette Stevens’ life.

The retired educator grew up in Iowa, where women’s sports were already in full swing. She competed in every sport she could in high school and then went onto play more sports at a small college. She later coached high school and junior high sports.

Today, Lynnette makes exercise a priority in her life and believes in the long-term health effects of staying active, and that’s just one of the reasons she’s excited to support the new YMCA at Gothenburg Health.