THE Y IS FAMILY
Jackie - Venice YMCA
There isn’t a moment in the last 23 years of Jackie’s life that she can’t tie back to the Venice YMCA. The Y is where she says she made lifelong friends, where she grew from a single woman to a wife and then a mother. The Y is where Jackie’s son, John, now 19, attended preschool and got involved in youth sports. It is where she also learned martial arts and then eventually became a tae kwon do instructor herself.
“Life would have been totally different without the Y,” said Jackie, who is a massage therapist and musician.
Being a mentor to the children enrolled today in tae kwon do gives Jackie the satisfaction of paying forward the good will she has received from the Y over the years.
“The YMCA helps shape lives and, sometimes, it even helps save them,” she said.