Jacob, YDC Teen

Moving in the Right Direction


Jacob spends almost every day after school at the YMCA Youth Development Center. He participates in nearly every activity that the Y offers teens and eagerly volunteers at the Y whenever the opportunity arises.

But his life has not always been so well-structured. When he was about four years old, his mother packed up the two of them and left their Everett home. When she realized the constant moving wasn’t helping — if anything it was making their situation worse — they moved back to Everett.

Today, Jacob is an engaging, articulate, and self-assured advocate for the Y’s teen programs. “I still don’t know my full potential yet. The Y is helping me to prepare to achieve success. It’s like your backpack to prepare you for life. The YMCA is part of that backpack.”

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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