Jackson is a teen center attendant and lifeguard at the North Spokane YMCA. He began working at the Y in 2014 helping out in homework club assisting youth with school assignments and now spends his time in the teen center helping teenagers connect and have fun. On the pool deck Jackson started out as a lifeguard and teaching swim lessons and eventually worked his way up to lead guard.
Jackson credits his time in the homework club for spurring his love of working at the Y, “having them come in maybe experiencing a bad day, and to see them walk out with a smile on their face is what it’s all about.” When he started lifeguarding and teaching swim lessons, his passion only grew “we have some great kids come through here, you get to see them grow up and learn.”
When asked why he loves working at the YMCA, Jackson quickly replies “It feels purposeful. I’m drawn to the energy and goodwill of the Y.”
When he’s not at the Y Jackson loves spending time with his dog, Chester, a fun-loving Brittany Spaniel. He also enjoys extreme sports, pushing his adrenalin snowboarding and skydiving. He says his love of taking risks developed years ago while competing in the pole vault at Mead High School. “The best days I have at work come after skydiving, it’s makes everything feel more peaceful.”
We are so fortunate to have someone as passionate and kind as Jackson working at the North YMCA, if you see him around make sure you say hello!