Sharon Holbrooks is with the Monsanto Family YMCA branch in north St. Louis City and can remember when a young woman showed up for her first day at work this summer.
“She was just all over the place, you know, just kind of wild and crazy,” Holbrooks says. “You know, this is just not going to work.”
That same young woman is now interviewing for a fulltime job at that same YMCA branch.
“She was just wonderful,” Holbrooks says. “She’s actually doing some volunteer work for us, as well.”
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