YMCA career candidate profile
Hometown/YMCA: Bronx, N.Y./YMCA of Greater New York City
Graduation Year: 2010
Major: Criminal Justice
Minor: YMCA Professional Studies
Favorite Quote: “It doesn’t matter where you come from; it matters where you are determined to go.”
Notable YMCA Experience:
- Attended as a participant and served as a student leader at the YMCA Club-sponsored Leadership Summit
- Selected as an intern in the YMCA of USA-sponsored Collegiate Achievers Program
- Served as membership director on the YMCA Club’s Leadership Team
- Day camp supervisor/intern at the Bronx, N.Y. YMCA
- Springfield College Outreach Committee participant: completed service work at a YMCA camp in Mexico with students from the Universidad YMCA in Mexico City
- Attended the Association of YMCA Professionals (AYP) Albany Regional Conference in Albany, N.Y., and the Black Collegiate Achiever Conference in New Orleans, La.
Notable Springfield College Experience: Honored as the recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. Award as a junior.
Why did you choose Springfield College?
As a sophomore in high school, I was given the chance to travel to the developing African country of Mali to do service work and help build a school that would change the lives of about 200 youths in the village. This experience taught me the importance of an education, and since then, my focus has been to do anything in my power to make sure I received a good education. I did my research on colleges, and after taking a virtual tour of the Springfield College campus, I knew this was the school for me.
How has your involvement with the YMCA Professional Studies program (PSP) been beneficial to you?
The YMCA Professional Studies program has been beneficial to me in so many ways, including enabling me to attend the Albany Regional AYP Conference numerous times, to meet amazing people who are always willing to help, and to engage in a YMCA-based internship. Through my internship experience, I learned that I really want to work with urban youth. I have been given a lot of leadership positions because of the YMCA PSP, and the classes that I have taken have taught me so much including how to strengthen my public speaking skills, facilitation skills, management skills, and much more.
Career plans/personal goals after graduation:
My dream is to work with urban youth and run an international service-based program. I would like to provide an opportunity for urban youth high school students to travel to a developing country and do service work while learning about a different culture.
LEARN. LEAD. SERVE.
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