"CYDL is an exciting concentration to specialize in especially for youth-serving organizations like the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club, Youth Inc, Girls and Boys Scouts, Parks and Recreation, 4H and others. It is also a great concentration for youth mentors, coaches and community leaders who believe in empowering youth to provide service to communities by creating strong relationships, collaborating with community partners for common goals."

I was a YMCA Executive Director who worked with the Y organization for twenty-three years. My Y experience comprised of working in three associations 1) Worcester, MA 2) Middletown NY and 3) Tampa Metro Area. When I worked with the Y training thousands of lifeguards and swim Instructors at the national and international levels. I am currently working as an Academic Advisor at Springfield College -School of Professional and Continuing Studies at the Tampa Bay campus. AS the CYDL Coordinator, I am assisting with the development of master courses to enhance the concentration as a specialization area.

I am a Ph.D. candidate at Capella University. I earned my Master of Science from Springfield College - School of Human Services, Tampa FL, in 1999. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Language Arts and Literature with a minor in Health and Fitness through Worcester State College.

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