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!