My name is Aliyah Bradley-Davino, I am sixteen years old and I am trying to raise $3,000 so I can go to the London trip this year. In London I will be attendiing the YMCA'S Landmark 175th Anniversary conference. I will be builing relationships with young people worldwide who are as devoted to make a mark and create solutions to address social challenges in not only my community but also in communities around the world.
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 am now old enough to be a staff at the YMCA which really means a lot to me. 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 imagine. 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 London so that I can represent my YMCA and also build connections and learn new things with teens all over the world. This trip would allow me to think outside of the box and to really push me to make my community feel accepted and welcomed.