Find Your Y

As a not-for-profit organization, the Y is dedicated to strengthening community with a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. At FSPY, we believe we have something special – a sense of community – where everyone has the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Every day, we are inspired by our community – our members, staff, volunteers and donors – working together, side-by-side to bring about lasting personal and social growth. Read their stories here.

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Meet Darlene, a longtime Y member who decided to begin her fitness journey almost two decades ago

Never an “exerciser,” Darlene was pleasantly surprised by how good working out made her feel. “I never exercised, ever. I didn’t like to sweat. In the early 2000s when my kids were young, one day out of total curiosity, I decided to see if I could run a mile. I did it and then started running regularly.”

Giving Children a Place to Feel Safe and Have Fun: Read Morgan, Dave and Maya’s Story

“We started coming to the Y in the summer of 2017. We moved to New Jersey in the beginning of that year. Morgan is a stay-at-home mom and started with parent and child dance and gymnastics classes, and Dave started with swim classes on the weekends.”

Giving Children A Safe Place to Grow and Thrive: Read Virginia and Eleni’s Story

Six-year-old Virginia along with her 4 ½-year-old sister Eleni, has been part of our Child Care and Camp programs since she was a toddler. Their parents, Nadia and Kurt, explain what they enjoy about being part of our Y family.

Discovering A Place to Belong: Read Kirsten and Antonio’s Story

Antonio, who is now 9, started with parent and child swim lessons when he was 6 months old. Over the years, he’s done swimming, gymnastics, Ninja Warrior, basketball, Young Athletes and T-ball.

Getting Healthy and Giving Back: Read Edwin’s Story

Edwin is a longtime FSPY Member and Board Member who enjoys using our Wellness Center each morning. “My family moved to Scotch Plains in 2003. We had two children at the time – now we have three – and the Y has been an integral part of our lives since we moved.”

Learning You’re Not Alone: Read Marion’s Story

“My neighbor Donna (Peart) works at the Y and told me about the LIVESTRONG® program for cancer survivors. I started right after my last radiation treatment that August. I tried it, was able to get through the first two hours and I said ‘I can do this.’ I never missed a day the whole 12 weeks.”

Becoming a Passionate Volunteer and Mental Health Advocate: Read Gayle’s Story

Gayle is a longtime FSPY member who volunteers as a mental health advocate with the Here 2 Help Mental Health Coalition, which includes our YMCA. “I started here as a member in 1989 when my oldest daughter was 2 years old. All three of my girls took swim instruction here and were lifeguards here, and my younger two swam competitively at the Y as well as in high school and college.”

Finding Fun and Fitness for the Whole Family: Read the Jones Family’s Story

Raina, 6, and Sophia, 8 are sisters who have participated in a range of FSPY programs, including swim lessons, Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, dance and camp. Dad Ryan and mom Sophia, look forward to starting the newest addition to the family, Ryan, 1, in swim lessons soon, too.

Developing Lasting Friendships: Read Rose’s Story

“My family and I started at the Grand Street location, the old Y. I grew up at the Y, my children went through the programs and so did my grandchildren.”

Her Favorite Place in the Community: Read Alana’s Story

Alana is an FSPY member and fourth grader at Evergreen Elementary School who was asked to write a report on her favorite place in the community. “I chose the Y because it serves the community and I like places that serve the community.”