I’m Xiomary Marquez, and I came to the United States three years ago. With my limited English, I was completely lost. I didn’t know what was waiting for me here, but I had this feeling that I’d find my way. A year later, I started working at The Riverdale Y; through working here, I grew up as a professional, and as a person. This is all thanks to the Aquatics Director, Felicha Bennet. She believed in me, and gave me the opportunity of be a part of her team. Today, I’m one of the Head Lifeguards and a Swim Instructor. I’m also a student at Westchester Community College. I’m very happy to be part of this place and this neighborhood.