Leadership Development · Leadership Education · Occupational Therapy

Youth Mentoring

  Pre-trip thoughts:  As I finally gathered all of my belongings for the week into a bag, I have started to reflect on the past 8 weeks of planning leading up to my first Alternative Spring Break of Site Leading.  After multiple trainings & office hours with my co-site leader, calling Tasha (our site coordinator),… Continue reading Youth Mentoring

Leadership Development · Leadership Education · Leadership Training

Leadership Camp Facilitation

      Consciousness of self and others Congruency Commitment Collaboration Common Purpose Controversy with civility Citizenship   CAMP 1: After training throughout the year and the week before the first camp, I felt prepared with my facilitation and debrief techniques and with the skits and roles I played during activities. I really became closer… Continue reading Leadership Camp Facilitation

Community · Leadership Development

Uplifting Children and Families

I was able to volunteer 40 hours in Washington D.C. to work towards improving the social issue of U.C.A.F. through the Alternative Break program. My week long spring break servicing others in the Beacon House included cleaning and organizing tutor rooms, serving nutritious meals, and helping the kids with their homework. I felt like my efforts were worthwhile because every little thing we did, made an impact and difference on the place. We cleaned rooms that were once used for storage to be used for one-on-one sessions between a child and a volunteer or teacher. We organized closets and offices so that they could find the arts and crafts, games, or worksheets when needed. We gave the kids another mentor to inspire and help pursue their passions for the week. Was able to set up events for the children during the week, read books, color and play games, and create projects with the children. Every director or teacher I interacted with, I felt welcomed and loved. They let us know how much they appreciated and needed our help in the Washington D.C. area. The teachers were passionate and caring to every individual making it easy for others to come in and want to do the same. “The Beacon House’s mission is assisting at-risk children and youth to identify and pursue their educational objectives culminating in college or vocational training and to prepare them for productive involvement in their community and society.” The grounds of the social issue was founded in 1991 when a man found an overwhelming need for social service programs for youth in what once was a drug and violence community. Rev. Robinson responded by first handing out food and just helping a couple kids in the area. The warrants of the social issue was pursued when the Beacon House created this safe haven that implemented learning and exploring in the children lives. They implemented education programs that have raised the reading and math skill levels by one grade level. Additionally, their athletic program teaches the children sportsmanship, discipline, leadership principles, and gain behavior and social skills. The conclusion of the social issue was when the kids went to this donated basement apartment after school to receive meals and help from volunteers and partners. The parents and local community members were inspired to volunteer and donate their time and money to this organization. Their kids behavior changed dramatically along with their grades after attending this program for a month. After being with the program and the kids for just a week, I can see the effectiveness of Rev. Robinson’s efforts greatly. One man inspired the community to work together and help the future generations become the best they could be. Beacon House is continuously being renovated and expanded to fit the children’s needs and interests. It has been serving about 125 at-risk youth ages 5-21, and 500 children per year with one or more of their after school, athletic, and summer programs for the past 22 years. The families and teachers can see the difference in the kids as one teacher commented, “during the thirteen years I was at Shaed School I recommended that, and encouraged all of my parents to send their children to the various programs at Beacon House.  In fact, I was so happy with the programs that not only did I recommend Beacon House to them, but I actively involved myself in helping the children attend.  The Beacon House programs are excellent.  They have had a very positive effect upon my students and their academic progress.” We got to go see 2 universities that were well known especially in Washington, D.C. One was Gallaudet University… Continue reading Uplifting Children and Families

Leadership Development · Leadership Education

Connections Conference 2k14

After being a participant last year and going through multiple trainings to prepare for this years Connections Conference at Great Wolf Lodge from November 8th-9th, I was so excited to put everything to action on the committee side. Getting to see the behind the scenes of an event is always interesting and informative of how… Continue reading Connections Conference 2k14