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Amber gains confidence

A couple years ago, Amber, a trainee at the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training (CIT), said she never would have had the courage to address a crowd. But, in July, Amber confidently spoke to about 100 golfers at the 31st Annual Jack Busch Memorial Golf Tournament.

“I’ve always been a really shy person,” Amber chuckles.

Since she has worked in the Sassy Gourmet Kitchen, she has “come a long way,” said Tracy Chicoine, Food Service Coordinator and Amber’s supervisor.

“When she first started she was an introvert and had a difficult time with making eye contact and having simple conversations. Amber is now very outgoing and is able to express her wants and needs without difficulty,” Chicoine said.

Amber said she was “excited” and the honor was “unexpected” but she was very happy to be the trainee chosen to speak to the golfers at the charity event.

She spoke about her responsibilities, which include making sandwiches for cadets and “shippers,” or those shipping out from the military base in Mechanicsburg. She also said that everyone, no matter where they work, has challenges and successes that they go through.

The support she has received has also allowed her to pursue other interests including taekwondo, where she holds a first-degree black belt. Amber is also certified to teach what she knows to elementary school students, including special needs students. Additionally, Amber plays violin, writes anime blogs and uploads video logs to YouTube about sports and exploring.

Reflecting on where she is now, Amber said that through her interests and support, she is a more confident person.

“If you would have seen me back then, you’d say, ‘Who is that?’” she said, laughing.