ScarlinMy experience at the Rye YMCA began when I started working as a summer camp counselor for the Kinder Camp. At the end of the summer, The Childcare Director offered me a position in the After School Adventures program. Most recently, I was given the opportunity to work in Child Watch and in the Pre-school Enrichment Program.

The best part of working at the Y has been the relationships I’ve made with the children I work with and their parents. I often see children from the Pre-school Enrichment Program being dropped off at Child Watch. Their faces light up when they walk into the room and see me. They always make me feel welcome. It’s such a good feeling that I am valued here. I feel as though I am part of a community at the Y.

I never thought that my position as a camp counselor would open so many doors for me and lead to other opportunities here at the Y. I plan on continuing to work with children in the future and the skills I have gained from these programs will be beneficial in the years to come.