Community Spotlight: Lifestyle Director Amanda Young
MillBridge lifestyle director Amanda Young is here for you, full-time! Not too many other communities can say that, now can they? She coordinates all our social programming including summer camp, game nights, educational classes, races and everything else you see in our bustling event calendar. If you haven’t had a chance to meet her yet we thought we’d share this Q&A with you. Don’t be shy, next time you see Amanda around the hood be sure to say hello!
Q: Tell us a little more about yourself!
A: I grew up in the South Charlotte area, and am one of the few Charlotte natives left in the area! I ran track and played volleyball for my high school and was a competitive horseback rider for the majority of my life. I attended college at Clemson University (go tigers!) and graduated with a degree in Marketing in May of 2016 and a couple of months ago, I received my North Carolina Real Estate license. Before working at MillBridge, I ran a summer camp program for a local horse farm, Carolina Country Acres, and worked as a server at Carmel Country Club. When I’m not at MillBridge, you can find me in South End watching the Panthers play with my friends, or out on the lake when it’s warm outside.
Q: What’s your favorite part of the job?
A: I don’t think I could ever work a typical nine to five desk job, and my job here is just the opposite of that, different every single day, and that is one of my favorite things about it. I love coming up with new event ideas and seeing the residents get excited when the new calendar comes out each month. I also work with some really great people who help me out with the events and keep things entertaining!
Q: What’s your favorite event and why? Any new programs you’re excited about?
A: I love all the events at MillBridge, but a few that stick out in my head are the Masquerade Ball, the Luau, Taco Tuesday, and all the themed holiday parties like our Halloween parties. It has been cool to watch the events grow over the years. When I first started, Taco Tuesday was about 40 people, and this past summer, our average attendance was over 100. I have to credit a lot of our new events to the residents who come to me with ideas for new events all the time. The bus trips are so fun and I’m hoping we will go to some more concerts coming up!
Q: Why should people live in MillBridge?
A: People should live in MillBridge because the lifestyle is unlike anywhere else in the area. There is such a great community feel to the neighborhood and the amenities are incredible. The kids compare MillBridge to “living at a waterpark” or “living at a resort.” But most importantly, when you move to MillBridge, you get amazing neighbors who are always ready to make new friends, show you around and go to events at the clubhouse with you! And there are countless activities for the kids with the playground, pool, basketball court, nature trails and movie theater!
Q: Does the word “equestrian” mean anything to you?
A: What doesn’t the word mean to me? Horses were my whole life from the time I was six years old all the way through my college career. I was at horse shows just about every other weekend all throughout middle school and high school. I missed both of my proms to compete and do not regret it in the slightest. I worked really hard and became nationally ranked in high school. When I went off to college, I joined the equestrian team at Clemson and was the team treasurer. Unfortunately, with the sport being one of the most expensive in the world, I had to give it up after college, but I hope to get back into it one day. I still ride from time to time, and sometimes teach lessons to kids and teens for my trainer.
Q: Anything else you’d like to say to your neighbors?
A: Stop by the clubhouse and say hi! I am always open to new ideas from the residents!