Meet our newest youth directors!
While many in our Chatham YMCA have already gotten to know Darius Anderson (pictured left) and Carlos Sanchez-Mendez (right), we wanted to take some time to formally introduce them as we look ahead to our spring programs and summer day camp (registration beginning January 1!).
About myself: I have spent my entire life in North Carolina. I’m very proud to be from a diverse state that offers you the mountains, beaches, cities, quaint towns and much more. I started my journey at the YMCA of the Triangle as an after school counselor while in high school. I’ve spent the past few years at the Kerr Family YMCA where I served in leadership roles for Y Learning, summer day camp and after school. As the newest youth director for the Chatham YMCA, I have the best job in the world providing campers the opportunity to discover who they are!
What the YMCA means to me: The YMCA continues to positively impact the lives of others. I have been fortunate to be a product of that impact. The YMCA has become a place where I am able to fulfill my purpose in life by serving others. I have found a place where I belong and I have built long-lasting relationships.
What excites me about working with the YMCA: The Chatham YMCA is unique because we get an opportunity to serve and support an entire county. I’m excited to help the YMCA spread its mission and cause throughout this incredible community. Chatham County is thriving with change while keeping its organic and distinctive charm and I can’t wait to be a part of what’s coming.
Extra info to know about me: I’m new to the Chatham area, so I can’t wait to discover all the cool places to eat and I’m always open to suggestions!
About myself: I have lived in Chatham County all my life and I am happy to serve my community. I graduated from Central Carolina Community College in 2017, and I am currently working on my bachelors in Psychology at North Carolina Central University. Also, my birthday in on April Fools Day!
What the YMCA means to me: For me the Y means opportunity. Before working for the Y, my brothers benefited from the after school program as well as the Y Learning program. These programs allowed my brothers to learn about our core values and gave them an opportunity to explore new places by going on field trips.
What excites me about working with the YMCA: For me, the most exciting thing is that I get to serve my community. I have lived in Chatham County my entire life and I know most of the families here. By working at the Y and understanding what we are trying to accomplish I am able to provide my community with the opportunities that otherwise they might not have.
Extra info to know about me: I am a great dancer! Or so they say :)
While Darius and Carlos are often on the go supporting their school-based programs, we hope you'll keep an eye out for them at the branch, too, and join us in welcoming them to the Chatham YMCA family!