Y Story


The Y has been making opportunity possible for over a hundred years. What has the Y done for you?

Share your Y story with us, and be featured on our Y Story wall and/or on our Facebook page.


• Written stories may include a photo (we encourage photo submissions – submit photos to lzaruba@mankatoymca.org  with your full name in the subject line).
• Video stories should be 2 minutes or less (submit videos to lzaruba@mankatoymca.org with your full name in the subject line).
• Please submit only stories you are authorized to share. Stories may be used for YMCA promotions.


You can submit your written or video story online below or in the Y front lobby (templates available at the front desk or use a blank piece of paper).
If submitting photos or videos, send via email to lzaruba@mankatoymca.org (please include your full name).


Liz Zaruba at lzaruba@mankatoymca.org


When a little girl named Janet attended her first YMCA swimming lesson, no one knew the skill would someday lead her to Olympic gold.

When a Y employee invited young Stephen to participate in Youth and Government, he didn’t know he was really launching the boy’s future career as one of America’s Supreme Court Justices.

And when a YMCA in Wales cast an artistic young boy named Anthony in their production of Othello, no one knew he would eventually win an Oscar, honorary knighthood, and a name as one of acting’s all-time greats.

YOUR STORY DOES NOT NEED TO BE THIS SIGNIFICANT! Your story can be simple, elaborate, short or long. There are no rules as to what is YOUR Y Story.


Share Your Y Story!

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