Ashley, Teen Y Advocate

Growing in Confidence, From Tiny to Teen

Ashley's mother was looking for after school care where her young daughter could find new friends and enjoy new experiences. She found both at the Monroe YMCA…and it lasted all through Ashley’s childhood.

The Y’s programs broadened Ashley’s horizons and challenged her. The Y’s staff even asked the second-grader to speak at their ground-breaking ceremony. The confidence she learned at the Y showed as she perched on a stool at the podium, balancing her too-large hard hat, addressing the crowd with a speech she’d written.

This big moment was the first of many big Y experiences for Ashley. Throughout the years, Ashley has participated in the Teen Center, Teen Xtreme Adventures, swimming, karate, basketball and tennis. Ashley now states that, “The Y has taught me the importance of responsibility and has molded me into the person I am today.”


At the Y, we exist to strengthen community. Together with people like you, we nurture the potential of kids, help people understand and improve their health, and provide opportunities to give back and support our neighbors.

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