I currently train the high school volunteers with Amigos de las Americas. These students will be traveling to Latin America this summer for 4-8 weeks and conducting asset-based community development projects in small communities, while also leading 10 hours a week of camps/ classes to local youth on topics such as the environment, youth leadership and health. This has been an extremely rewarding experience to be able to see the growth these students have made just during the school year, and I look forward to hearing about their experiences after they return from Latin America.
DC Bilingual (DB) is a very great school. Every week I saw the teachers and other members of DB team with smiles on their faces and a positive attitude. Also when teachers are disciplining students they have conversations with students instead of yelling at them. This is very different from when I was in elementary school. DB also cares about the health of its students. Your students have access to fresh products 4 times a day. DB also has resources for the families of the students and the members of the community. Each month, in partnership with the Capital Area Bank, they transform the school into a food market where visitors have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. They have changed as I see a school and the role they should have in society. This school is interested in more than just the lives of the students. When I have children, I want to make sure that they are in a school committed to community participation like DB. Finally, working in school revealed to me how important educators are in society. When this class will be my last service learning class, this will not be my last time serving. Through serving this semester and last semester, I have come to the conclusion that it is important for all people to serve because we have the ability to make real differences in our communities. When the class is finished the work should not stop, because there is What a lot of work to do to ensure that this world is better for our children's children.
I had a wonderful experience at DC Bilingual. The faculty and students are very welcoming and I learned a lot form immersing myself in a bilingual environment. Many times I felt like I was making a difference in the students' education. I highly recommend volunteering at DCB!
CHI Spring 2019. Between planning meetings (~18 hours), MLK day of service (~4 hours), rebooting our social media, creating marketing materials, and the actual celebration (~18 hours, Thursday and Friday), this semester was filled with dedication and teamwork that came to fruition in a beautiful celebration at the end of March. Juntos, si se puede!
Teams Meeting 12/5; worked on drafting emails to possible presenters.
Jeanna filled me in on what I missed at the last meeting
Volunteered in the Early Childhood Education program, working with children ages 8-15 months in Spanish-English language development.
Celebrated thanksgiving with the elderly Spanish speaking citizens of Kelsey Apartments in Columbia Heights and reflected.Brennan, Elliot.
Second full Presenters Team Meeting (Organizers+Team members)