Mo & Nathan

Mo & Nathan

“I am Y” tells the stories of Y members and staff and the transformative power of community. This is Mo’s and Nathan’s story:

Kevin: “The Y community is incredibly diverse. It’s an all-walks-of-life kind of place. It’s accepting. It’s a warm and welcoming place for anybody and everybody.

Mo: “I joined the Y in 1960 when I was 8 years old, and I’m still a member today. Back then, an older gentleman took me under his wing and helped me develop into the man I am today. I served in the Air Force, which eventually brought me to Vermont, where I served in the Vermont Air National Guard.

“After serving, I worked at the Y for fifteen years. Now, my son has followed in my footsteps, working at the Y and training. We do weight lifting competitions together. We challenge each other. I used to be the champ, but now Nathan is.

“Often I will walk in to work out and Nathan, now a Y personal trainer, will be helping a good friend of mine who I haven’t seen in a while, and we will connect. It’s a community here.”

Nathan: “I kept turning my dad down when he asked me to come to the Y. Finally, when I was 19 years old and a sophomore in college, I took him up on the offer. I came in, he put me through a few workouts, and I realized this was my true passion. I kept training. Next thing you know, I’m working for the Y as a personal trainer.

“The Y helped me find my direction. My dad helped me find my path. The Y gave me a place to come and learn about myself and set me up for my future.

“The first thing I notice when I walk in is the energy. Everyone is in a good mood because they are committing to something that is good for them. That’s one of the things that keeps me coming back.

At the Y, everyone is looking out for each other. Everyone here has your back. And, when you have your father in front of you, helping you, working with you, it’s motivational.”

— Mo Cherry and Nathan Bean

Here for Mo and Nathan, here for you. Join us at the new Y, now open:


Pomerleau Family Y
298 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401
802 862 9622 (YMCA)

Camp Abnaki
1252 Abnaki Road
North Hero, VT
802 372 9622 (YMCA)

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Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties