October 31, 2013
Hello, I work as a volunteer at EMQ FamiliesFirst, Hollygrove, Los Angeles, CA in the Endless Summer Program. The program is dedicated to helping children and families with hardships in their life, such as abuse, drugs, poverty to name a few. The Endless Summer Program, led by Director Mary Brougher and Hugo Chacon, seeks to help the children in their care to find solutions to the problems they face by providing them education and in-sight into themselves. That they are ultimately responsible for what they make of their lives. We play games and have "mindful" teaching sessions that teach the children how to handle competitive situations, how their brains work to enable them to make good decisions, and we help with their homework to show them that learning is crucial to their success. Some of the kids find it harder to trust than others, but in the year I have worked with them I have seen non-readers become readers, angry kids become more open and trusting. I have no idea where these children would go or what would ultimately happen to them if they didn't have the positive and protective influence of Hollygrove in their lives.
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