In early June 2012 was when I heard about the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council of Delaware County. They needed to hire a Prevention Educator, and were looking to have my mom apply for the job. She didn’t think it was a good fit for her, so she mentioned to me that I should apply. I had been working at a contracting company responsible for mitigating property damage. I liked what I was doing, but I always knew I needed to work with kids. After all, that is what I went to school for. So, I took a leap and I applied for the job. After meeting with Mary (more on her later) I knew I wanted this job. Her and I connected instantly and immediately I knew I wanted to work with this person. The passion she has for the agency was contagious and by the time I left, AFTER AN HOUR 1 on 1 interview I was hooked.
June 25th, 2012, was my first day. I had no idea what to expect, I just knew I had to be a part of whatever this was. I found out that at that time we were doing programming in 4 or 5 schools at random grade levels. In my head, I thought there must have been a better way to do it, but I was new so I kept it to myself. Later that summer ADAC hired my partner in crime Amanda. Her and I began to discuss the direction of ADAC and we both concluded that there had to be a better way to maximize our efforts with the schools. So, we took a leap and completely reinvented the way we interacted with schools. Our plan was to give schools an entire day, and let them fill in as many classes as they could with the two of us spending the day there. Our curriculum allowed us to cover grades K-12, so between the two of us we covered everything. Schools began utilizing our idea and after a while we found ourselves in 9 of the 12 schools in Delaware County. In the past 5 years, we have gone from seeing 200-300 students a week to over 1000 per week.
The reason that ADAC has been able to thrive in the past 5 years is because Amanda and I have the privilege to work with an amazing boss, Mary (told you we would talk more on her later). Mary has been here for over 21 years; as a matter of fact, October will be her 22-year jobiversary. But what has made ADAC strong is that 5 years ago, Mary allowed her two brand new employees to make some drastic changes to the way that business was done in the school systems. To many, this may not seem like a big idea. But Mary took a leap on us and allowed us to implement our plan, and she completely supported us in the process. There aren’t many places where brand new employees are given the chance to do that. I have had the opportunity to work for the best boss a person could ask for in these last 5 years.
In January of this year Mary came to me and asked me to be her Assistant Director. I had always thought eventually, maybe it would be cool to move up the ranks a little bit, but was totally not expecting that. I decided to accept the position even though I had no idea what was going to happen. I am still leaping because I am still figuring this job out. But isn’t that what life is about, taking leaps and praying you land where you are supposed to? So be encouraged, sometimes taking leaps can be scary but everything happens for a reason. I chose to believe that reason is God. He plays a huge part in my life and guides me to things that might not make sense. But I can honestly say that if my mom was never approached about a job, and she never mentioned it to me, and I never applied and met Mary, that I never would have never found this job. I never would have found my purpose in life.