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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

New Health Coaches Focuses on Family Accountability
Jill Grote

A Jazzercise class in high school launched a lifelong passion for fitness in Jill Grote.

“I looked at that instructor and said I’m going to do that someday,” Jill said.

And, she did. She later became certified to teach a variety of group exercise classes and has taught everything from power aerobics and Pilates to kickboxing and tai chi.

Jill is continuing her passion for living healthy and helping others live healthy with her recent certification as a health coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

“I’m quite passionate about healthy, simple living and continue to learn and research new information, including my recent certification as a health coach,” Jill said.

Thriving All Summer With Y Teen Programs
Ashlee Johnson & Eva Forkner

When you’re too old for summer camp but not old enough to get a job, it can be easy for summer boredom to set in. But, Ashlee Johnson and Eva Forkner found that volunteering and learning at the Don Sjogren Community YMCA was a great way to stay active and prevent summer boredom.

Schoneman Finds Belonging at Orthman YMCA
Stacey Schoneman

Five years ago, Stacey Schoneman was lonely and down on her luck.
She had just moved back to Lexington from Omaha as a single mom with a sweet baby boy, and she was seeking friendship, healing and connection. She had survived two rounds of cervical cancer and was trying her best to be a good mom to her newborn son.
Someone suggested she go to the Orthman Community YMCA.

Determined & Strong Holdrege Mom Swims 100 Miles
Mary Sue Newth

Just keep swimming.

That’s what Mary Sue Newth of Holdrege did to complete the YMCA’s 100-mile swim challenge.

Nothing could stop her. Not a full-time work schedule. Not a busy family life that includes six kids. Not even a broken boiler in the Y pool that made the water feel more like an ice bath.

Guedes Regains Health With Exercise at YMCA
Miriam Guedes

It took a trip to the emergency room three years ago to prompt Miriam Guedes of Lexington to begin exercising. But, since that day, she hasn’t stopped. With some help of the Orthman Community YMCA, Miriam has lost more than 80 pounds, and she has reclaimed her health.