I’ve been with the YMCA for a little over a year and started out as a volunteer. The YMCA has taught me that you can enjoy your work and your relationships with colleagues. YMCA staff took me under their wing and gave me the confidence and tools to become a fitness instructor-something I always wanted to do but was afraid, and if I hadn’t joined, I probably never would have tried. They believed in me and now I believe in myself. I hope to continue to learn and grow with the YMCA, to keep tackling new challenges as they come my way, and to give back by giving others confidence and better health.