beCause whY Podcast



Episode 16 - Leaders Volunteer

Published on November 13, 2019

Roger Hanafin, Director of the Teen Leaders program and two teen leaders, Olivia and Chancellor join the podcast to discuss the Teen Leaders program at the Delaware Community Center YMCA, the impact of the program on their lives, and ultimately on the community.




Episode 15 - It’s all about choices and realizing you have them.

Published on November 7, 2019

The Positive Alternative Learning for Students (aka PALS) program has been a pivotal social justice program for youth at the YMCA of Central Ohio for 20 years. PALS is a program was historically dedicated to giving a classroom setting for suspended or truant students in Columbus City Schools to come to, to make up their homework, but over the last two decades has evolved into a safe space where students can come to not only do their homework but have mentorship and a place to be comfortable being open and self-expressive.

Mario Hall is a Case Worker for PALS, but his PALS connection runs so much deeper. Originally a “PALS kid”, Mario’s story has come full circle and he now gets the opportunity to give back what he has been given. Listen as Mario tells his story of how he got to PALS, how he came back to work for PALS, and what this program means to him.




Episode 14 - LIVESTRONG at the YMCA: A group that supports each other, not a support group.

Published on November 4, 2019

Life with cancer can be a challenge. Living a life beyond cancer and finding a new normal can be even harder. Finding a group that supports each other through and past cancer is what LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is all about. Join us as we talk to Whitney, a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduate and Andrea, a coach of the program, and find out what LIVESTRONG means to both of them and how it’s changed their lives in different ways.




Episode 13 - Without the Whitehall Y, what are the opportunities we could have missed?

Published on October 24, 2019

Ashley Trout, SVP at Heartland Bank, joins us to discuss her role as Board Chair at the new Whitehall Community Park YMCA as well as what she hopes to see the Y bring to the community and how it will impact families and youth for years to come. The Whitehall Community Park YMCA is scheduled to open this fall.




Episode 12 - Change her life, change your life in the process.

Published on October 17, 2019

The third Annual Give Her Hope event, benefiting residents at the Van Buren Center is October 24th. 100% of all proceeds benefit women and families staying in the shelter. Shameikia Smith and Annette Davis join us to discuss the YMCA’s important work with those experiencing homelessness, especially at the Van Buren Center. Each share their unique perspective of not only assisting women and families that are experiencing homelessness but also about what it’s like to go through the YMCA’s supportive housing program and receive crucial services to help get back on their feet again.




Episode 11 - I don’t just want to live, I want to THRIVE.

Published on October 8, 2019

October is a fundraising month for our LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program. LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program is offered at no cost to survivors. This 12- week program designed specifically for those experiencing cancer helps survivors re-acclimate to health and wellness after treatment. But for most of our participants, it is so much more than that. We are sharing stories of participants in hopes of inspiring gifts to help support this life-changing program. This is Robin's story.




Episode 10 - You can’t live death, you’ve gotta live LIFE.

Published on September 23, 2019

The LiveSTRONG at the YMCA program is a 12-week program designed specifically for cancer survivors to re-acclimate into health and fitness again after receiving treatment. Sue Smith, cancer survivor and LiveSTRONG at the YMCA graduate and Sally Meanor, LiveSTRONG at the YMCA instructor join us to share their stories of how the program makes an impact on mind, body and spirit.




Episode 9 - Nuestra Historia (Our Story)

Published on September 9, 2019

Coming to the United States isn’t easy. Becoming a citizen isn’t easy. But the YMCA is here to help. We spoke to Maria Ramos, Community Outreach Manager at the New American Welcome Center (NAWC) located at the North YMCA and Adriana, a Colombian native who is being naturalized soon. We talk about everything from Maria’s family’s immigration to the US, the Naturalization Ceremony being held at the North Y, the YMCA’s work with Diversity and Inclusion, Adriana’s story as an immigrant and everything in between.




Episode 8 - If these kids are our future, then the future is bright.

Published on September 6, 2019

To celebrate the YMCA’s 175th anniversary, youth leaders from around the globe gathered in London, the city that the YMCA was founded, to tackle important social issues facing youth today. Thanks to a generous donor, the YMCA of Central Ohio was able to send four of our Teen Leaders to represent central Ohio as delegates at the conference. They join us today to share their experiences and stories from the conference.




Episode 7 - The YMCA Saved My Life

Published on August 26, 2019

Sarah Stevens moved to Delaware, Ohio while expecting her first baby. What she didn’t expect was that she would have complications with her pregnancy and become a stay at home mom caring for an infant with special needs while living off of one salary in her new community. Desperately needing to find a place to belong, she was encouraged to try out the Y. She hesitantly gave the Y a try, quickly realizing why the YMCA is so much more than a gym.




Episode 6 - Reynoldsburg Community Center YMCA: A Decade in the Making

Published on August 12, 2019

In 2008, a newly appointed Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud had a dream: to bring the YMCA to the City of Reynoldsburg. 11 years later, that dream is becoming a reality. Join us as we chat with the mayor about the Y, his dreams for the city and how this partnership came to be.




Episode 5 - In with the New (CEO!)

Published on August 8, 2019

Join us, as we sit down with Tony Collins, our new President and CEO, as we discuss everything from his history with the Y, his hopes for the future and even his possible Mob connections!




Episode 4 - Whitehall is Back

Published on Jul 17, 2019

Whitehall's Mayor Kim Maggard sits down with Lauren and Allison in this candid interview. She shares her story, Whitehall's story, the new found partnership between the City of Whitehall and the Y, and most importantly- WHY Whitehall is back.




Episode 3 - YMCA Camp Willson: 100+ years, 1 Million+ Memories

Published on Jul 2, 2019

YMCA Camp Willson is celebrating it's 101st birthday this summer. We think that's pretty special, don't you? In a world where technology rules, Camp Willson has remained the same: a place where children can go to unplug, unwind, have fun, make friendships, gain confidence, escape from the outside world for a week and BE KIDS! Explore what makes Camp Willson special and whY you should sign your children up, today!



Episode 2 - Joys of Lifeguarding

Published on Jul 2, 2019

As summer begins, safety in and around the water is at top of mind. The statistics are staggering: it only takes 20-60 seconds for someone to drown, and 88% of those drownings are preventable for children ages 1-4 with proper swim lessons. Hear from Jerry L. Garver YMCA lifeguard Joy Oliveri talk about why she became a lifeguard and why she loves her job, plus learn about water safety and our Aquatic Explorers program from Regional Aquatics Director Chris Tamasovich.




Episode 1 - We've Only Just Begun

Published on May 30, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month- so why are we talking about exercise? Mental, Emotional and Physical health ALL go hand in hand- much more than we realize. In this episode, we talk about how exercise can positively effect your mental health, how group fitness may be just what you need to get started and hear from special guest and Gahanna/John E. Bickley member Sarah Windisch talk about her health journey and how one diagnosis changed her life.