Conducted an evaluation for The Climb Is Our Story college/career readiness program.
CausesArts & Culture Children & Youth Economic Development Education Homeless & Housing Immigrants & Refugees Incarcerated, Formerly Incarcerated Legal Services Literacy Marginalized Populations Mental Health Services Older Adults Poverty & Basic Needs Social Justice Workforce Development
I have enjoyed coming back for my third year in Jumpstart, this time as a Volunteer Coordinator. In collaboration with the other VC's, I have planned volunteer events with campus partners, created session materials, conducted TOPEL testing, created reflections for Corps Members, drafted activities for Individual Classroom Service, and helped plan our Read For The Record event. I look forward to another great semester!
I greatly enjoyed the lunch discussion on forming meaningful, lasting, informal relationships with our community partners. Dr. Wagner's presentation on the stark contrast between DC's formal and informal civic engagement was very surprising and provacative.
My fourth semester serving with Jumpstart was an overall great experience. I developed further leadership and management skills co-leading a team of two peers to implement English early language, literacy, and social-emotional programming sessions to 3-year-old children at the Upshur site. My supervisors Rochelle and Jonah also gave me great examples of leadership as they guided all Jumpstart members through the semester. It was helpful to apply some of the knowledge gained from my Nonprofit Management class on this topic of leadership/management. The teachers at Upshur were absolutely phenomenal; they modeled great instructional and behavioral techniques for early childhood education. Given that Upshur is a bilingual child development center, I enjoyed getting to use the Spanish I have been learning in classes with both students and teachers. I look forward to returning to Jumpstart next school year as a volunteer coordinator.
Iona was a very challenging site for me at first. I had never worked with older adults or individuals with disabilities before, and in addition I had to go out of my comfort zone to actively engage and start conversations with participants. Initially I was so uncomfortable I couldn't wait until the session was over. However, through deep reflection and processing in Dr. Prasad's Interpersonal Relationships class, as well as speaking weekly with other students at the same site, I was able to find strategies that worked well, as well as to come to terms with what my impact could be there in one semester. By the end, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the time spent with participants at Iona, learned so many amazing stories from them, became more confident in my ability to work with this population, and felt fulfilled in the work I had done there.
It's been so great to be back with Jumpstart for my second year. I was lucky to be able to be a team leader in the same classroom I served in all of last year, and so I already knew a few children in the class well. The child care center I am at has made some great improvements in terms of staff and beautification, though there are still some complications. I feel I've grown in my leadership and educational skills this semester.
I had a great experience working as a math tutor for incarcerated adults at Prince George County Correctional Facility working to obtain their GED. Though the structure of the class didn't require much of my assistance and I felt a bit under-utilized, I really enjoyed working with the men and women in the class, and left with a new perspective on incarcerated individuals and the criminal justice system. The teachers I worked with were all incredibly kind and fun to be around.
I was able to grow and learn so much serving with Jumpstart for my freshman year. I was lucky to be able to serve as a corps member during fall semester, and then as a team leader in the same classroom in the spring. Working in the same classroom all year, I was able to form very strong relationships with all of the children. Despite complications with the child care center I was working in, I was fortunate to have two outstanding supervisors in Rochelle Yancey and Jonah Lewis, as well as talented, committed team members that supported me throughout the year. I developed a new-found respect for early-childhood educators, and much more confidence working with this population.