At our monthly team meetings, one of our crew members discusses one of our five values: strength, courage, commitment, heart, and trail-blazing. This is Brittany’s reflection from this month’s meeting.
It is coming to the end of my second work term here at YACC, and along with that is an opportunity to write my second YACC value post.
I have had wonderful experiences during both of my work terms, so I wanted to take this opportunity to share my perspective of YACC’s core values and what I will take with me as my work term comes to an end.
At YACC, courage is described as taking the right path regardless of how tough it may be. I know my future career paths won’t always be as easy as I hope they will be, but I’ll have the courage that YACC has taught me to help guide me through the rough paths.
I have been given the opportunity to watch you all working here. People often first connect to YACC at the worst times in their lives, and you all have the ability to open your hearts and connect to each person. You all pour your hearts into YACC in a different and life changing ways, whether it’s working overtime at a fundraiser, spending days with cancer survivors and supporters at retreats or conferences, comforting someone when they just need to talk, or writing a press release. It is clear to me that you all care so much about the work you do at YACC and it shows in everything you do. I hope one day wherever I end up on life, I am able to go to work each day and put as much of myself into my work as you all do. If I am that lucky to find that job, I’ll never mind going to work.
There are four words used to sum up this value here at YACC and they are “we are all in,” no matter how big or small a task might be. You are all so committed to YACC and all of its programs, it is so obvious to me why there are so many people connected to this organization. There is also a joke that circulates at YACC and it is “once you’re in, there’s no getting out.” This is true for YACCers, employees, and myself; I was only suppose to be here for four months last winter and now here I am again! I look forward to seeing what else I can contribute to YACC once this semester is over for me.
Well, Geoff, this is most likely my last YACC team meeting, and if I have taken anything from them, it is lessons from Rocky. While I still haven’t actually watched the movies — and I promise one day I will! — Geoff says Rocky is the perfect metaphor for YACC. I know that my career won’t always be easy, but the thing I will ALWAYS REMEMBER from my time here at YACC is:
“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit
and keep moving forward.” – Rocky Balboa
YACC has taught me that it doesn’t matter what happens in life and how many setbacks you encounter as long as you have the strength to get up and keep moving forward.
As I am getting ready to move on from YACC and blaze a trail on to my next chapter, I will be sure to take all I have learned from YACC with me on my new path.