Anything is Possible
The YMCA has been a part of Erica Everett’s life since before she could walk. “I grew up playing in the Bob Sierra Y nursery and spending many years in summer camp throughout my childhood,” recalls Erica. “As I started high school, I wanted to give back to the organization that had such a huge influence on my life.” At the age of 15, Erica spent an entire summer volunteering 200 hours assisting Y camp counselors.
Her hard work led to Erica’s first job as a day camp counselor. After two summers in that role, Erica continued her passion for teaching kids as a Y gymnastics instructor. “Going into college at USF, I received a scholarship from the YMCA that afforded me the ability to study abroad in Spain to pursue my passion in international public relations,” shares Erica.
There’s no stopping Erica! She’s now on the right track to give back on a global scale. Erica has been accepted to the World Race where she’ll spend 11 months in 11 countries to help the less fortunate. “My tasks will range from teaching English to children, visiting hospitals and orphanages, helping sex trafficking victims and building churches,” says Erica. “I am excited to spend this time giving back abroad and representing the Tampa Bay community as well.”
The Y is proud to call Erica part of our extended family and we wish her well as she inspires local youth to give back in big ways. “Without the support of the YMCA, I would not be the person I am today,” testifies Erica “Thank you, YMCA, for years of dedication to bettering our community and encouraging our youth to believe anything is possible.” Click here to learn more and help support Erica’s big journey.
Pictured above: Growing up at the Bob Sierra Y, Erica Everett has been inspired to give back on a global scale.