Its a very useful, promising, and beneficial experience that every teen should want to be a part of. Volunteering gives people a sense of fulfilment, and the joy of knowing that so many people need help and being able to be that person to render those services make a better person. Community service should not be a burden for any teenager, but a special gift being giving to the community by a special individual. Community service should be a mandatory high school graduation requirement because it builds ones character, limits the rate of teenage delinquency, and establishes a path for a better future as an individual.
Lead our students to success in life, giving them the academic and social skills they need to be good members of the community. As a special education teacher, being a Servant leader will be important, to build strong relationships with my coworkers, reaching for help and help others to look for new strategies that will make a better learning environment for my students. It is also important to be a transformational leader, because I will not just influence my students lives, but other teachers as well. In a special education classroom, I will have the help of an Aide that in many cases will be directing the instruction of my students. Promoting and motivating my Aides and other members of the school to maximize their skills will make a better experience for my students and the community.
Inequalities and injustices in my community have shaped me into a passionate and empathetic community leader. I was born and raised in East Los Angeles where I witnessed how education inequity played a critical role in the life opportunity and academic success of the youth in my community. I saw how a lack of academic opportunities, mentorship, and resources prevented the youth to reach their full potential. During my first two years at Stevenson Middle School, I began losing friends, classmates, and family members to drugs, alcohol, gang violence, and delinquency. I was afraid, stressed and hurt to see how the street violence in my neighborhood brought pain to community members who had lost their loved ones.
Miss Yanish explained, "I've benefitted in becoming more organized and being able to work on group projects." She also said that "the purpose [of ROTC] is to create people who are involved in the community." This is exactly what the school wants, too. Shadow Ridge High School does its best to make sure students are ready for life, and it does an excellent job. Individuals graduate high school with characteristics they would not get in the outside world.
"It's important for students to give back to the community that for a number of years has provided them with a wonderful public education," Superintendent Dr. Frank Tassone said. "This also gives the kids the opportunity for new experiences, whether it be visiting a senior-citizens' home, volunteering in a hospital or working right in the school district in the library or attendance office. From our research, we've learned that in school districts where community service is mandated many kids who might have been reticent or too shy to volunteer have admitted that they were glad they had been forced into participating." Teenagers who do service for their community helps keep it strong for the next generations. Teenagers can tutor, coach, mentor, and support children and peers.
I have also worked with individuals who are mentally retarded, mentally ill, or dual diagnosed. One of the many facets of my job is advocating for the consumers and their rights. Most of my work focuses on assisting these individuals in daily living skills to become more independent. I believe that my background has given me a solid foundation on which to build a successful career as a school psychologist. My objectives as a school psychologist would be: (a) to work with a variety of children and their families in an education setting; (b) to work as part of an interdisciplinary team in helping to determine the best course of action for children in need; and (c) to help children build their self-esteem.
Now it is my goal in life to become a school counselor in order to make a difference in young peoples’ lives similar to the way it was made on me. A counselor working with any population will have to be good listener, accessible, and an excellent communicator. A high school counselor will have to possess these trait along with a being able to be an authoritarian figure when the situation calls for it. Kids in high school often make poor decisions. A quality guidance counselor must be able to switch from friend to professional when a student is engaged in harmful or risky behavior.
Those teachers that I look back on played a huge part in developing the human being that I am today. I want to be able to play that same part in the development of other people. I yearn to give children a good solid education and a good start in life that my teachers have given me. A good foundation in education is extremely important to a child; I want to provide good solid foundations for children. Teachers that genuinely care for their students and provide good solid foundations are the reason I have chosen teaching as my profession.
Having a positive influence in a student’s life is one of the most important tools they will use for the rest of their lives. I have seen the difference the teachers can make, and what I can do, it is too important to just walk away from. I may not be able... to help everyone but, t... ... middle of paper ... ...sated. This will give us all hope, and would show my kids that if I can do it, so can they; it would allow me to have a chance to improve not just my life, but my family’s and those students, which I would be able to help on a higher level. This is not just for me, but for my family, and all of the students that look up to me.
In Service Learning Serves a Well Rounded Education, Barbara Connolly proves that mandatory service learning is beneficial to community college students because the experience can impact a student’s school performance, personal growth, and civic mindedness in a positive direction. Through a service learning opportunity, college students adapt to the experience and develop a deep compassion towards people. Many people in college communities are less fortunate and in need of some kind of resource, or a community may need rebuilding by people who care to make all things new again. Connolly states, “In service-learning programs, students learn and grow by participating in a carefully planned service experience. They achieve personal growth and develop a sense of civic-mindedness while addressing community need” (par.