Who We Help
Donors like you help thousands of people overcome obstacles and chart new paths for themselves in a wide range of our proven programs. Hear from our community members as they share their stories, explaining how they turned off whatever was holding them back with support from our charity.
More Success Stories
YMCA programs empower people from all walks of life to reach their true potential. Hear from participants across our program areas share how they changed their lives for the better at the Y.
"I believe our generation can solve some of the world’s biggest problems."
Alex shares his experience with the YMCA Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program and how it gave him the confidence and opportunity to help make a change in his community.
“It’s so rewarding to see and help these youth take important steps towards achieving their dreams and goals.”
She found her calling as a teacher while working as a YMCA camp counselor. Now, Hailey is a YMCA Black Achievers Mentorship Program mentor and helps Black youth overcome systematic barriers.
“I found skills I never knew I had and it gave me a type of support that I didn't have anywhere else.”
YMCA member since 2016 and now Newcomer Youth Leadership Development Program mentor, Moses shares his progress and success in the program through support and positivity.
“20 years later, I still feel like I am coming home every time I go to the Y.”
From going to summer camp as a child to contributing as a Brampton YMCA volunteer today, Jacqueline shares how the Y can make an impact at every age and life stage.
“I've realized that pushing myself out of my comfort zone, helps others do the same."
Jaiden shares how our charity’s Teen Night and Youth Leadership Development programs helped build his sense of confidence and leadership.
The moment I stepped out of my comfort zone was the moment I truly started to shine.”
A health and fitness member since 2001 and now a volunteer Arriba instructor, Suzette shares her experience with the Y and how the charity became a second home for her and her family.
“At YMCA Sprott House, I found my people — a community I could call my own.”
Emmanuel shares his experience at YMCA Sprott House, one of the first transitional housing programs for 2SLGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness in Canada.
Learning from my mentor has inspired me to pursue my dreams of becoming a lawyer.”
Teniola says she felt free to be herself. Watch to see how she gained new friends and a sense of community, all while her mentors inspired and encouraged her career goals.