My name is Aliyah Bradley-Davino, I am fifteen years old and I am trying to raise three thousand dollars so I can go to Johannesburg, South Africa to volunteer with other teens at the YMCA from June 26th to July 6th.
I have been involved with the Decatur, Family YMCA since 2005. I was on the gymnastics team for roughly five years. Then as I got older I started volunteering as an L.I.T. (Leader In Training). I have been an L.I.T at the Decatur, Family YMCA for summer camp for five years. I also was an L.I.T during the school year for gymnastics. I do most of my volunteering at the YMCA, but I have done other volunteer work outside the YMCA. Since 2012 I have volunteered at the YMCA every summer. I have worked in day camp with campers from ages five to roughly eleven. Sometimes I am placed with gymnastics camp or art camp which are different from the regular camps at the YMCA. I love all the different camps the YMCA has to offer, but gymnastics and art camp are my favorites. When I went to camp as a kid gymnastics and swimming alway made me smile at the end of the week. The YMCA has impacted me more than I could ever. The YMCA has provided me with a second home. A place where I can go to meet other people my age, a place where I could be on a team, and to go to camp. The YMCA has taught me leadership skills, ways to handle tough situations, and to be a better me. The YMCA will always be a place that I feel free and safe but, the people that I have met there will always mean something more to me. That is why I want to go to South Africa so that I can represent my YMCA but also make the people I meet and work with in South Africa feel safe, free, and like a leader. Like the YMCA did for me.