Stephen A. Braden
Stephen is a Staff Member at the Edgewood Middle School Y
The YMCA has opened up incredible opportunities for me personally. It was through the Y-ASES program that I was able to achieve a position within the West Covina School District as a student teacher. Not only that, but I also began to understand the habits and patterns of my students. They were able to teach me more than I taught them. Through my Y-ASES students I learned the virtues of patience, compassion, forgiveness and understanding. (To name just a few). I was able to share my life with my students and see them grow from immature, selfish, and rude, and develop into caring, empathetic, and capable young teenagers. Right before my eyes I was able to see them grow and that has impacted my life beyond measure. I’m grateful for the opportunity that the “Y” has given me, and I’m proud to continue to serve in this community.
-Stephen A. Braden