The first time he came to the YMCA was about 16 months ago. He and his mom were looking into different schools for Justin, and Student Choice High School is located in the Northwest Valley YMCA. “From the very first moment I walked in the staff immediately welcomed me.” Justin recalls, “Every time I enter the doors, I am greeted with a ‘hello, how are you?’ It is a great way to start your day.” Justin is in his senior year and is looking forward to receiving his high school diploma next fall.

Justin has learned a lot more about the Y since coming in. For starters, it is a gym, but also so much more. “They provide a safe environment for children and adults. Prior to becoming a member, I did not realize all the different things that they always have going on.” Justin states, “They have a bunch of different sports to keep you involved. Basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, swim team and hockey can help your children stay active.”

When asked about his favorite part of being at the YMCA, Justin says, “I love being able to go to school, take a little break, get a work out in, then return to school. It is a great place to be!”

The staff enjoy seeing Justin come in and have watched him grow over the last year. We know that Justin has a bright future ahead of him and we hope we continue to play a part for a long time. Justin’s next step is to look into the YMCA’s program, Community Initiatives, which can help with job skills and higher education.