YMCA 2017

I’m so excited to share with you all my experiences with being a leader at the YMCA! For me personally, I think the YMCA has offered me some of the most life-changing opportunities that before becoming a leader, I would not have seen myself doing.

I’ll start with addressing the fact that everyone at the YMCA is so friendly and supportive. During what we call ‘Monday group’, we are given a chance to share our highs and lows of the week (what went well and what went not so well). This really opens up a chance for us to really get to know each other and trust one another. YMCA recognizes that for us to become great leaders, we are going to need the help from others in order to build each other up.

One of my main roles with the YMCA is a holiday program leader. This allows me to spend time teaching and influencing children during the most important times of their lives. I remember when a group of kids alongside an adult and myself went and camped up at Packhorse hut for the weekend. Throughout the trip it was so incredible seeing how much the kids looked up to me! I almost felt idolized just for being there to make sure they’re having fun and are safe.

And of course YMCA doesn’t just throw you into the challenge without giving you any training! Throughout my time at the YMCA, I have been to many leadership training camps that have helped and advised me on the best way to work with children. By attending these training’s, I believe that it has personally grown me as a leader!

In the end, YMCA has really been so unbelievable and I would 100% recommend it to anyone who is wanting a fun way to give back to their community!

If you’d like to learn more about the YMCA and how you can become a leader like myself, click the link below!

https://www.ymcachch.org.nz/young-people/youth-development-services/

 

Happy Holidays!

Tarryn Wilson

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