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Anna is a determined young woman who was looking for a rewarding job helping people. She had experience working for the Rochester Childfirst Network and volunteering at Highland Hospital.

Anna’s ACCES-VR counselor referred her to Starbridge for our Internship program. At the first meeting, Anna and her Starbridge counselor, Samantha Brown, created a list of five potential employers.

The Pittsford YMCA was one of those choices. With Samantha’s assistance, Anna prepared for an interview and then met the staff to discuss possible internships. The YMCA offered Anna an internship as a front desk greeter.

During Anna’s internship, Samantha met with her regularly, providing coaching if needed. When Anna wanted to add a day to her schedule and to move from an internship to a job – situations many interns find challenging – Samantha worked with her on how to proceed.

The YMCA was so pleased with Anna’s work as an intern, she was offered a permanent position!

Anna says, “My mom didn’t think I could get the job, but I sure proved her wrong. They love me!”