I am a volunteer for about 3 year. After this period I can say that Y has left its mark on me in a very obvious way. Like someone said, when I joined Y, at 14, I was “the smallest and shyest, if she could hide under the floor , she would have done it with all the pleasure”. And that’s how I was. Shy, tiny, shameful, non confident and non communicative but at the same time I was curious. I was curious about what was happening at YMCA, what is with all those people that are doing something that I would probably wouldn’t do. So I start constantly coming to the meetings and TenSing, where I managed to overcome the fear of singing in public, so I broke down a barrier that limited me what can and cannot do.
When I first join YMCA, I was looking for something to occupy my time with in a useful way and that is what I did, but with this I learned a lot of new things that radically changed me. If I could say a couple of words that have been introduced in my vocabulary along with their understanding, these would be: respect, self-confidence, will, courage, open-minded.
In this moment YMCA is the place where I go to express freely my point of view, without being judged, the place where many ideas could come to life, the place where I can always find friends and open minded people, the place where I can do something relevant to me, to young people, to my community.
Why do I feel changed ? Because now I have a different vision, because now I really know the difference between “I can’t” and “ I won’t”, change them with , “ yes, I can do it”, all thanks to the Y spirit.
( Iulia Grebles – volunteer, 17 yrs)