My Life at the YMCA!
When you stop and look at where your life has come you start to realize how much time has passed over the years. The YMCA has been involved in my life since I was little. What started out as attending birthday parties for my friends at the Downtown Facilities quickly turned into years of swimming lessons when the Valley Y opened in 2000. As I reached the end of my Junior Year at High School I found myself in the same predicament as most other kids my age. It was time to get a job. At that time my brother was a lifeguard for the Valley YMCA, he saw that the Summer Day Camps were hiring for the Summer Camp and encouraged me to apply. At the time of my application drop off I was informed that generally 17 year olds were not commonly hired due to the age requirements being 18 for the job but, I should still have an interview because you never know what might happen.
Being my first job interview I was extremely nervous and worried about what to expect. Connie Reynolds, Association School Age Care Director, was my interviewer and brought me into the conference room to give me my chance to sell myself about why I thought I would be a good fit for the Y. Nervously I slowly slid my resume onto the table across to Connie. For what seemed like hours at the time (but really more like 20 minutes) I answered questions about my experiences and what attributes I could bring to the Y. After I was done being questioned I was informed that I would be notified in a week or two on their decision.
After four or five days when I got home after my classes I found a message on my answering machine from Connie. She was informing me that she would like to offer me the position as one of the Youth Leaders for the Valley YMCA Summer Day Camp. The next day I called Connie back and graciously accepted the position and four weeks later I started my first day ever at the YMCA Summer Day Camps. As I walked up to the top of the hill where we meet the kids everyday, I found almost a hundred new smiling faces looking up at me. Over the past five years, many new faces have appeared on the hill and I find myself shaking with anticipation about what new kids I will meet each and everyday. Hardly a day goes by when I am out doing my errands and I don’t hear my camp name, EAGLE, being shouted from across the store.
Today I have moved into the Communications Department as the Social Media Specialist for the Y and going into my sixth summer with the Summer Day Camps. This year I will be running assemblies every night at the Valley YMCA! This Saturday I will be graduating from Eastern Washington University and often am asked by my friends and family what I plan to do now. I simply smile and tell them exactly what I am doing now! The Y has been a truly amazing place to work, each and everyday I find myself looking forward to the day ahead and can honestly say, “I Love My Job!”