Even though I was not able to stay for the entire day, I really enjoyed talking with DaQuann about his plans for the next week and for the future. He is gearing up for graduation, so right now he is getting some last minute stuff out of the way.
We signed a thank you card for Sister Mary to thank her for her generosity to us this year.
During this training, we reflected on the work that we have done this past week with LPTM. For me in particular, I reflected on how I particularly enjoyed service last Saturday because of the fun conversations that I engaged in with the Brothers.
I was able to spend time with the boys this Saturday and really expand upon what it means to be a mentor for these boys. During Academic time, I had a conversation with one of the Brothers about his drumming program that he created under LPTM. We came up with a game plan that he can execute under the direction of someone else when he graduates.
At this training session, we reflected on our week of service and I got to know some of the other volunteers who go in during the week since I go on the weekends.
This past Saturday, I feel like I finally am getting a connection with the boys and feeling comfortable with the work I am doing for them. During lunch, the boys heard a testimony from Elder Bill who was teaching the boys on understanding how they can use the principles of LPTM in their daily lives. I feel like the boys and also myself as a volunteer really were impacted by the lesson.
At my first day of working at LPTM, I was very surprised at first by the way they communicated with one another. Everybody referred to each other as brother or sister before saying their names. I think this establishes a sense of community and trust right from the get-go. It was my first day there, and I was already being referred to as Sister Dhymond. This term of endearment that stems from the black community is reinforced and applied to the boys in the program in order to ensure that they feel welcome and trust those around them.