Jessica’s Story

For over ten years, Jessica Van Sciver-Benedetto has been an integral part of the Darien YMCA’s growing fitness program. However, Jessica’s first Y experience was when she was just 5 years old and attended a YMCA afterschool program. To Jessica the Y has always been a welcoming community to call home! 

This spring, Jessica’s commitment to helping families on their wellness journey was unmistakable when she quickly pivoted to provide health & wellness classes virtually, keeping members healthy and connected while staying Safer at Home. Each week this spring, over 500 members participated in classes lead by Jessica and the fitness staff, helping them to stay connecting and strong with their Darien YMCA community.  

Jessica believes that at the Y we build so much more than muscle. We are a second home to many, where wellness becomes a habit and new relationships form. Jessica is inspired by the relationships she has built here at the Y, especially her work with senior members and Revive participants.   

For Jessica, she knows she is having an impact when members are sweating and smiling at the same time!


Jessica Van Sciver-Benedetto 
Health and Fitness Director 

Darien YMCA