I used to do gymnastics at a place called ISG when I was a child. My mother came to the Y one day to work out with a friend and took a tour of the facility. When she arrived home, she told me that I would love the Y’s gymnastics facility and that I should give it a try. The next week, my mom took me to the Y and I tried out for the Rye Y’s gymnastics team. I got on the team, and before I knew it, I became a volunteer at the Y at many events and at the gymnastics camp. Then I became a coach and now I am the coordinator for the program.

My life has always revolved around the Y when I think about it. It’s my second home if not my first! It has taught me so much about myself and the person who I’ve become. It showed me to never give up on anything and to help me find my passion: teaching children. It pushed me to go to school for education and I would have never experienced it, without the Y. The Y has also showed me how to be a role model. It has made me come out of my comfort zone and help others too! I have made many friends here at the Y and even have three mothers here too. The advice that I’ve received and the support from the Y over the years will never be forgotten.

The best part of my job is knowing that I have the impact to change someone’s life, just like the Y did for me.