Stephanie’s Story

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

“Back in 2012 as part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health, I got two free personal training sessions at the Y and a month of free membership. That was my gateway.

“I was never a gym rat. When I was young, I was a ballerina; I did theater. The idea that I could be comfortable in a gym with crunching jocks was a foreign concept. But, in my twenties I became overweight. I had to make a change. I got to the Y and the personal trainer demystified everything for me. He walked me through all of the equipment and I started exercising – and I liked it. I did this little act where I would let myself watch a guilty pleasure TV show while I worked out.

“That first year at the Y, I lost fifty pounds – and I have kept it off ever since.

“Today, I go to classes at the Y, too. One of the spin instructors and I get ready together in the morning before her class, and we’ve become friends. I have also had friends who are members, who come to classes with me. So, every Friday morning a friend joins me, and that’s our time to catch up.

“I like that I can take my Y membership wherever I go. I went to the Ys all over Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and I even looked them up in the Rockies when I was there three years ago.

“I consider my Y membership not only an investment in my own health, but in the health of the community. I know that the Y provides services that people in our community need. It feels good to contribute to the work that the Y does.”

-Stephanie Clarke

The Y is here for Stephanie, and we are here for you. Join us at the new Y, opening January 1, 2020.


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)

Additional Program Sites
in Vermont

Franklin, Grand Isle, Washington and Chittenden Counties