This weekend one of my "Y kids" as I affectionately like to call them, posted the above post about our friendship on Facebook. Chad was an important part of my life and career. When I first took the job at the YMCA I had no experience what so ever working with Middle School and High School youth. I had been working with Elementary age kids and specifically with the Kindergarteners. Chad and many of my "Y kids", that I am friends with on Facebook these days, played huge roles in my early days working with youth. I realized very quickly after having them in my life that it was my calling to work with Middle School and High School Youth. I can't imagine doing anything else.
These "Y kids" are no longer kids, they are in their mid to late 20s and have college degrees, families of their own, and paying jobs. When Chad posted this picture and his comments, the comments that came in from some of the other "Y kids" was amazing. I haven't seen many of them in years but they told me all about the impact that I have had on their lives.