When Suse Thomas applied for a job at Cass Park Rink in the late 80s, little did she know that it was the start of a journey with the Ithaca Youth Bureau that would shape her life in many ways. Working at Cass Park Rink led Suse to hold a variety of roles at the YB, from Assistant Manager to Head Guard to Assistant Recreation Supervisor. Although she held many different titles at the YB, she formed deep connections with colleagues and friends, many of whom she remains close with to this day.
Suse shares, “The Youth Bureau was more than just a job for me; it was a place of growth, opportunity, and lasting relationships. I had the privilege of watching the children I worked with grow into successful adults who are now making their own contributions to society. To see my "babies" become chefs, teachers, community leaders, musicians, and more has been the greatest gift of all.” She feels blessed that she had the opportunity to walk beside young people on their journeys and credits the Youth Bureau for providing a supportive and nurturing environment where these connections could flourish.
Looking back on her time at the Youth Bureau, Suse knows how impactful her job at Cass Park was, as it led her down a path that has been filled with love, learning, and growth. The Youth Bureau will always hold a special place in her heart and she’s grateful for the opportunities it provided her and for the lasting relationships that were formed during her time there.
Suse hopes that people know how valuable of a resource the YB is for the entire community because it “provides opportunities for people of all ages and is a place where lasting friendships are formed. The Youth Bureau plays an important role in shaping the fabric of our society, helping to build strong and vibrant communities.”