23 | SDSU '16 | CSCC | YMCA Assistant Site Supervisor 💙| Social change agent in the making. 🌎
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As I reflect on this past year, one of the most life-changing and proudest moments would be starting my career with the YMCA.
I started out as Inclusion Behavior Support Specialist, where I worked with kiddos who faced developmental, social, and emotional challenges for over a year. I developed more patience, empathy, and understanding from different cultural perspectives, and it was truly rewarding to see your kiddo(s) succeed in every aspect of their lives. Within six months at YMCA Youth and Family Services, I received employee of the month. Within the year, the IBSS program lost its funding and I would be out of the job by the end academic school year. I was devastated because this job completely changed the direction that I was headed with my life. I learned through this job that I am passionate about helping kiddos and their families in any way that I can and about pursuing a career in child development.
Because I built a positive rapport with the La Jolla branch I previously worked with as Behavior Support Specialist, I decided to apply for a licensed full time before and after school Assistant Site Supervisor position. This job was completely unexpected, but it was one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. This job comes with a lot of responsibilities, but I can’t tell you how rewarding it is when I successfully help kiddos in their character development and when I successfully provide support for their families too. This job even more solidified the fact that I’m meant to be a helping professional with the YMCA organization. All in all, I can’t wait to see the personal and professional growth that I endure with my YMCA career this year and for many more years to come.
I posted this picture once or twice since this past Saturday, but I keep getting self-conscious. I realize now that I have no reason to be! I’m learning to feel comfortable in my own skin every single day. Love yourself ya’ll. Not half-heartedly, but fully. Completely. Always. You don’t need validation from anyone except from yourself.
I never thought beginning a new chapter of my life would be so monumental. I’m in a period of my life where I’m becoming more sure of what I want, who I am, and where I want to be. I value the deep meaningful friendships that continue to uplift me, and I value the unbelievably wonderful man that I’ve had the privilege of being with over the past seven years. I can’t wait to build on feeling more sure of myself and feeling more confident in my own skin. Cheers to endless adventures and to new beginnings over the next year and many more years to come.