Meet Staff Member Luis Quintero
Luis Quintero has been with the South Chicago YMCA for nearly 8 years. He began his journey working in the Children Services Department as a Group Worker and soon transitioned to lifeguard. In his many years with our organization, Luis has shown great dedication and has inspired many to be mission-driven.
In the summer of 2011, Luis appeared in a lead story televised on Telemundo regarding the importance of Water Safety, especially among our youth. Luis has been instructing youth swimming lessons for nearly 5 years and believes youth swim instruction will not only decrease the rate of drowning fatalities, but also improve the self-esteem amongst our youth today.
Why do you like working for the YMCA?
I like working for the South Chicago Y because it's given me the opportunity to see the members grow on their journey through life, fitness goals or other changes in their lives. Also, the staff is like a family, and we have a great bond.
What is your fondest memory of the South Chicago YMCA?
I have many fond memories of the South Chicago Y; however, one memory that sticks out the most is when I had the opportunity to meet member Andy DiSanto's father. He would visit me in the pool and share memories of the Y or the community.
Why do you think the YMCA is important for our community?
The YMCA is important to the community because it is a safe haven for youth and a place to help health seekers relieve stress and attain their fitness goals.
What advice can you give to health seekers or parents regarding aquatics?
Research and stay committed to programs.