Service hours are extremely significant in order to gain necessary skills that will help an individual in the future. It is rather difficult to decide where to volunteer due to the various options on campus and within the community. I have chosen to do my service hours through College Mentors for Kids on campus at Ball State University. I have been involved with this organization for three semesters and I am hoping to expand my leadership role in the future. College Mentors for Kids connects college students with elementary students who need it the most. This organization creates a brighter future for young individuals and gives all students hope in life! College Mentors for Kids takes place every week, excluding holidays, from 3-5 p.m. and …show more content…
Additionally, on Wednesday, I am a mentor for my third grade buddy! Two weeks ago, we began the year with the annual Ice Cream Social at the students’ schools. This social is exciting because the students and mentors are able to meet for the first time or are able to reunite if the students are returners. The mentors have the chance to meet the guardians or family members of the students as well! As a general manager, I had the chance to meet all 15 of the students who will be in my buddy family on Mondays. Also, I took the time to introduce myself to all of the students’ guardians and learn something about each student! As a mentor, I was so excited to be reunited with my little buddy and talk with his parents again! It was unbelievable to see how much he had changed and we were so excited to see each other! We were pen pals over the summer, but we stopped writing a few months ago. My little buddy and I talked about the following: activities that we were excited for, his favorite activities from the previous year, how his summer went, his interests, and his least favorite activities from the previous …show more content…
As a general manager on Monday, we began with snack and then I let the buddy pairs get to know each other with an ice breaker. Our first activity consisted of a campus tour of Ball State University with a tour guide who took us to every building on campus. This activity allowed the students to be acquainted with campus as well as get comfortable with their mentors. As a mentor on Wednesday, we had a scavenger hunt with clues that led us to significant places on campus and the students enjoyed this activity! We ended the day with journals on both days, which consists of the college question of the week, what the student learned during the activity, what the student learned about their mentor, and how many buddy bucks the student earned. Buddy bucks are used as an incentive for the students to always listen, respect, and participate each
Community service is something that I have always engaged. In college, I worked with chemically dependent children as both a caretaker and a mentor. After I graduated, I taught at-risk children in a community youth outreach program. To remain involved and aware of the focus of my studies during my first year of law school, I volunteered at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center teaching youth their basic legal rights. Essentially, we strove to empower kids by providing practical information about the legal system and to help them develop more favora...
After joining however I quickly realized the difference I could make in someone’s life by simply donating a few hours of my time. The school children I mentor 2-3 times a week are one of the greatest delights. Many of them do not receive any one on one time with another individual except for when I am tutoring them. These children have such great potential if only their parents and other adults around them would take the time to see it. It fills me with great satisfaction knowing that I am making a difference in those who one day may be leading this
When I found out that I had to do seven hours of volunteer work I immediately knew that I wanted it to involve children. I attended the volunteer fair that was held earlier in the semester and signed up for programs such as Louie’s Kids and Wings for Kids. Unfortunately I could not volunteer for either of these programs because they were not in walking distance of the college and I did not have transportation. A couple weeks after that I saw a flyer advertising for “Reading Partners.” I attended an informational event that they held and signed up to volunteer at Memminger Elementary, which is about two blocks from the college.
As they enter the classroom they see all of the children smiling at their desks, beaming with joy. Knowing that they are the cause of their happiness makes what they are doing worthwhile. There is nothing more accomplishing than seeing children succeeding in their education. Mentoring does not only benefit the children involved, but also the mentors. Children gain new role models that will help shape them into who they are, plus they will also gain friendships.
How did a departmental faculty generated 12,000 hours of student community service in one semester? The following is a qualitative analysis of conversations with faculty members in a department that recently instituted a service learning requirement for all student majors. The campus is a large urban comprehensive university with a multi-ethnic student body. Approximately fifteen faculty members were interviewed for this study. While most of those interviewed included service learning components in their courses, interviews with faculty members who resisted or refused to incorporate service learning were conducted as well in order to understand varying faculty attitudes towards service learning.
What I once thought was an impossible job, organizing so many books, people helped me understand the work process which made me gain self-confidence that I was able to produce in my work. Part of that confidence was also a sense of pride because I was responsible for placing books onto the shelves that many people come to read. Now that I have done my volunteer work, when I apply for scholarships and colleges, I can mention my volunteer experience and the hours I did. Although many students would rather spend four hours of their lives doing something else, those who do community service work will learn to use important characteristics such as, confidence, sense of responsibility, and scholarships, that will help them be successful not only in school, but also in future careers and
A service learning experience is designed to enhance a student 's growth in personal and social development and to obtain an understanding of community involvement. For my service learning experience, I volunteered at Change Point Center. In this reflection paper, I will discuss in depth information about the services that Change Point provides, my goals while I was there,and what I ultimately learned from this experience.
Taking time to volunteer at the many nonprofit organizations, homeless shelters, advocacy centers, philanthropic fundraisers, local schools and child care facilities in the inner city is not always at the forefront of young people’s minds while navigating through their college experiences. But, with a little push from student organizations, local nonprofits and passionate individuals, volunteerism and community change can start to take a front seat and become not just an opportunity, but also a priority in the lives of young people.
Currently on, campus, I am involved in Family Court Mentoring: a program that teaches high school students from the general St. Louis area life skills, such as how to manage anger, make friends and plan for the future. This is in the same vein as my last major service trip: volunteering for Outreach 360 in Monte Cristi. This by far was one of the most revelatory programs for me. Not only did I get to work with amazing kids, I gained a better understanding of the opportunity disparities prominent around the world. Family Court Mentoring, for me at least, was just trying to continue the service that I was a part of in the Dominican Republic and bringing that to the St. Louis community.
Volunteering made me find my career plan in sociology / Social Worker. With a college degree in one of these areas, I hope to impact my community in ways. First, with the knowledge from college, I hope to counsel with young people& adults. In today's society, there are so many negative things that influence adults & young people. I want to help them understand the importance of setting goals and striving to become great citizens. I also want to give them a sense of hope that with perseverance, they can become great role models for other adults &young people by
Volunteering enables a person to develop new skills that he or she would otherwise not have been able to develop. Unlike most other organizations, a charitable organization is happy to give positions to passionate, though inexperienced, individuals who desire to help others and benefit the community. Therefore, an individual with little experience in a field of work can gain meaningful skills that he or she can use in the future. For example, while I volunteered at the hospital this summer, I learned about the daily work lives and professional duties of doctors and nurses. Had I not volunteered, I would not have learned about these things. I was always interested in the medical field, but volunteering at the hospital let me explore my interests and en...
Since the start of freshman year, I have collectively “clocked in” about 260 hours of community volunteering. My volunteering ranged from helping the elderly at a local nursing home, to helping elementary students with homework at after-school programs, and assisting with church retreats. In addition, I just completed a week-long missionary trip to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where my group and I helped care for and play with young children at a local orphanage. While volunteering, I have seen many children whom I've assisted grow into intelligent young adults, and while helping with the elderly, I have noticed the great amount of joy and happiness that they experience during my visits.
I have had the great opportunity to be apart of a great program and class at college. Most of us who are going to become teachers know about this class and the required 80 hours of volunteering at a middle school for a semester. I was eager to volunteer, because I have experience in working with middle school kids. The school I work for, has prepared me to handle school aged kids, so I was relying on my background to carry me though the semester at a new Middle school.
As the last bell of the year rung, I gathered my books and started to headout to meet my friends. I thanked my teacher and wished her a great summer. The place where my friends and I meet was not as far so I met them right on time. There was five of us. All of us were from Ethiopia and three of them just moved to US. My best friend, Samire and I, have been helping them because of the new environment