Name: La Toya Benton
I currently work as an administrative assistant at the Ithaca Youth Bureau, helping out with the recreational department programs and front office assistant.
When I was 15 years of age I was hired to be a finical clerk through the YES summer program for a company where I was to mange all clerical duties. After working my summer job with the YES program, the company I worked for decided to hire me. I worked there for 16+ years. I recently received an opportunity to work for the Ithaca Youth Bureau after those 16 years, and I am now currently working for the IYB as an administrative assistant. Funny how things can come full circle sometimes.
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Name: Sarafina Payne
Current Job: Owner of How Sweet It Is dessert cafe in Trumansburg, NY
I had several jobs through YES as a teen. I met my current business partner when YES placed me at Sweet Melissa's Ice Cream when I was 15. I worked there for 8 seasons and opened my own ice cream shop this year.
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Name: Molly Bargar
I work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ithaca and Tompkins County (a program of the Ithaca Youth Bureau). We match children in the community with adult mentors and then support the matches to make sure they're successful.
I got my first real job through YES when I was 16, working as a camp counselor for the Playgrounds Camp. I always knew that I wanted to work with children and YES gave me an opportunity to do this in a formal way. Although this was almost 20 years ago, I remember that the YES staff always provided me with the support I needed to succeed in my job, including helping me with tax forms, which I found very mysterious at the time. Obviously, I've had very positive experiences with the Youth Bureau, because I've been working here as an adult for the last 12 years!