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A Place of Opportunity

A Place of Opportunity

Emmanuel, known at the Y as “Sushi,” grew up in Kenya, where his mom was a member of the Y. When the family moved to Raleigh, the Y provided a safe haven for him while his mom was at work. It also provided a place for opportunity. 

“The YMCA has impacted my life in numerous, numerous ways,” he said. “It’s been like a domino effect.”


Over the past 10 years, Emmanuel has grown from a Y participant to a Counselor in Leadership Training (CILT) to a Youth Counselor. 

As a Youth Counselor, Emmanuel pays it forward as he helps provide kids with the same opportunities he had at the Y.

“I tell people that I don’t treat my YMCA job as a job. I get to help kids become better.” 

Thanks to donations to the Annual Campaign, Emmanuel – “Sushi” – found opportunity at the Y. 

“I honestly don’t know where I would be right now without the Annual Campaign,” he said. “The YMCA is home – it’s a beacon. It’s just been everything.”


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