September 29, 2009
This is a fantastic program which makes a real difference in the lives of the children it serves - showing them that school can be fun and helping them to believe in themselves.
For example, one of my students came into the program, and on the first day, had a very negative attitude. He was joking about starting a fight in the program, and being disrespectful towards his peers and especially towards adults. He was on house arrest, and had been having lots of conflicts in school.
However, through the empowerment of the activities period, sports, and success/fun in the classroom, he TRANSFORMED! By the last day, he was a leader among the other kids, encouraging them to do well and supporting them with his enthusiasm and positive comments towards them. During sports he celebrated when his teammates did well, and encouraged them when they faltered. He was proud of the artwork he had produced, and seemed to take pride in bringing the younger students towards a better perspective. He participated actively in class, and started thinking more about life after high school and the possibilities that could be available to him.
This student was just one of many who transformed over the course of the program.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
Forging relationships with the youth and watching them become more positive, enthusiastic, and hopeful about their personal and academic endeavors.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Former staff & I was a science teacher and helped lead extracurricular activities and sports for the youth.