Adam Lapointe 13
YMCA Professional Studies student
Available for Hire: 5/2013
From Y-Kid to Y-Professional.
I’m Adam Lapointe, a student in the YMCA Professional Studies Program at Springfield College.
My involvement with the YMCA started in elementary school, when I was enrolled in before- and after-school child care.
I met my mentor, Dawn Dacosta, in middle school, when I became involved with the Leaders Club program at the Hockomock Area YMCA in North Attleboro, Mass., where Dawn is the Teens and Community Director. She taught me a lot about leadership, and helped me grow and develop as a young adult.
After high school, I went to another university to pursue a career as a high school math teacher. Soon realizing this wasn’t what I wanted to do, I took some time to re-evaluate my career goals. During this time, Dawn helped me find a job working in the after-school program and also gave me the opportunity to be a co-advisor of the Leaders Club Program, about which I was extremely passionate.
This work reaffirmed my passion for working with children and the YMCA, and with my newfound sense of enthusiasm, I wondered where I should go next. Then, I met Springfield College Director of YMCA Relations Harry Rock at the Northeast Leaders Fall Rally in Huguenot, N.Y. Harry took the time to speak to me about the College, and I was excited to discover that there was a college that could cater to my passion for wanting to make a difference in the lives of others, especially children. The YMCA has been such an influential part of my life, and I look forward to being able to spread the YMCA mission for the rest of my career.