Rye Y Story Project: Anna

AnnaI’ve been a lifeguard since I was 16. Five years ago, a coworker at Mohawk summer camp recommended me to the Y. I’ve been here ever since and am still grateful to her. I love it here.

I am very shy and being with people all day has helped me come out of my shell. The in-service trainings led by Julianne are great. The trainings cover safety skills but also interpersonal skills so you feel comfortable responding to all kinds of situations. One day a member panicked in the water and needed help – I felt very prepared and got right in the water and assisted him.

My experience here has been just wonderful. Several of the staff have become like mothers to me. I love just being around everyone and seeing all the smiles. Adults, kids – morning, noon, night. The Y is a great organization and is the best place to be!