Ever since Perla was young girl she enjoyed swimming. Growing up, her family didn’t have much money to splurge but lucky for her, our YMCA offered a scholarship program which allowed her to improve her swimming skills and join our swim team. That’s where it all began. Memories from years ago are still engraved in her head as if it was yesterday. She remembers winning her first race and getting cheered on. She remembers conquering her fear of the deep and learning to tread water. Most importantly, she remembers what it felt like having people believe in her when she struggled to herself.
Fast forward to her senior year in high school. Her youth minister told her about the Y looking to hire summer camp counselors. All those fond memories came rushing back and she was eager to apply. Since then she has been promoted to Program Director at our Bayshore Center and she does her best to make sure she provides those same opportunities and memories for the children under her care. She is reminded daily of how much of an impact the Y has in the community and how essential it is to be able to provide those opportunities to everyone.