“I come to the Y to stay connected to a family of friends who, like my parents and siblings, support me in my endeavors and encourage me to reach for the stars.”
Anthony Kolodziejczyk is a first year student at Bryant College in Rhode Island pursuing his dreams of going into the world of finance. Anthony, who has been part of the Attleboro YMCA since he was a toddler, spent his last summer before college as a counselor at Camp Pleasant. While Anthony has left home and is living in a dorm, he returns to the Y weekly to work in the Child Watch Center.
“My first memories of the Attleboro Y are when I was four years old, and I was a child in the Child Watch Center,” says Anthony. “I clearly remember Dave Barbour, the Alligator Man, who would visit us. He seemed genuinely interested in all the children, and made sure we were happy. The funny part is that a woman named Kim used to watch me in Child Watch. Now she is my boss!”
“I learned so much at this Y,” says Anthony. “I volunteered at age 13 to help out with the Vacation Club. At 14 I was a counselor-in-training (CIT) and eventually a camp counselor. I learned fantastic leadership skills, how to communicate with everyone, and I found confidence in my ability to be outgoing and speak out.”
Anthony explains that he feels a sense of community belonging to the Y. “There is always someone available if you need anything, and there is always an opportunity to learn something new no matter who you are and how you relate to the Y.”
Anthony seized every opportunity he could at the Y, including volunteering for his favorite event the Fall Festival. “No matter how busy school gets, I will be at the Fall Festival helping out,” Anthony jokes.
“I don’t go home too often,” says Anthony with a twinkle in his eye that only a freshman in college could have, “but I come to the Y to stay connected to a family of friends who, like my parents and siblings, support me in my endeavors and encourage me to reach for the stars.”