“I  volunteered for the YMCA because I wanted to be involved in an organization that has great core values and allows me to give back to the community. I started volunteering in the after-school program in August 2014, and I have been very involved ever since. It is very important for me to engage with children and serve as a role model, which the YMCA has enabled me to do. When I first started at the Y, I was very timid and reserved, but now I feel as if I am part of a big family! All the YMCA staff and members are incredible and supportive people who have all positively influenced my life. I am now a staff in the Amazing Kids Center, and the Vice President of the Teen Leaders Club. “