In anticipation of Summer Day Camp, we want you to get to know some of our counselors! So, we're featuring counselors who have gone above and beyond. These are counselors who are loved by camp kids, Y staff and have achieved success outside of the Y. Whether it be in academics, sports and/or community outreach.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CARLEE!
After Y preschool in 1999, Carlee attended SAFE, swim lessons, and played youth basketball over the years. In 2013, she was hired as a SAFE Counselor. In 2015, she expanded her role to School Aged Child Care Coordinator. Her Y story has built an incredible foundation of community, togetherness, and youth development, which she says has “ultimately guided her career path in School Social Work”. She will complete her Master's Degree in School Social Work this May and says she “will forever value the Fox Valley Family YMCA for all that it has done in my life and the lives of others”.

Hang-out with Carlee at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET CORA!
Starting at age six Cora took ballet followed by swim lessons at the Y where she was “able to develop friendships, learn new skills, and be a part of the Y Family,” she says.  Hired as a S.A.F.E. Counselor and summer camp counselor, she saw firsthand kids grow and develop, demonstrating the Y’s core values. “This has made a great impact on my decision to become an elementary teacher, and I will be graduating from Aurora University in May of 2018. As I continue my education, I hope to positively influence the youth in our community, just like the Y has done for me”.

Hang-out with Cora at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

 

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET BRADY!
Brady first joined the Y in 2003 playing Soccer and Flag Football and then went on to add Basketball and Floor Hockey. This will be his 3rd summer as a camp counselor.  “I really enjoy playing soccer with the kids and helping some learn how to throw a football. The positive atmosphere and energy always get me excited to see everyone the next day,” says Brady. Brady is currently a rising junior studying Industrial Engineering at Penn State - University Park where he carries a 3.0+ GPA as a student-athlete on the Cross Country and Track teams.

Hang-out with Brady at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.

SUMMER CAMP STAFF: MEET JOE!
The Y has been in Joe’s life since he was just a little guy who could barely tie his shoes. At 7 years old, Joe moved into the area and his mother was looking for ways to get involved in the community.  She registered Joe for multiple programs at the Y including karate, indoor soccer, and basketball. “The Y was responsible for me not only meeting new friends but also for sparking my love of sports,” says Joe.  Fast forward to today where you can find Joe working for our Before & After School SAFE program and this summer will be his 2nd year as a counselor at Summer Day Camp. “SAFE & Summer Camp have been great to me because it lets me make a difference in the kids’ lives, as well as allowing me to feel like a kid again.”  Joe is currently attending Waubonsee Community College focusing on a Nursing Major. “The Y will continue to play a role in my life. I'm very grateful for all the opportunities the Y has given me over the years.”

Hang-out with Joe at Summer Day Camp! Click to find out more.