Role Models

17 Nov

Being a volunteer means more than just showing up and going through the motions. It means actively being involved and taking steps to show the kids what a good leader and role model looks like. They will respond to how you portray yourself and for the most part be like mini you’s so it absolutely matters how well you work to help these kids. This is why I volunteer: to shape these kids into awesome adults headed in the right direction. Growing up I was not an angel and I know it was a struggle to finally break through to me. I had that right role model in my life to tell me what’s up and that someday I would have to grow up and do things on my own.

I didn’t know it then, but that person would make the most influential impact on my life that even to this day I am incredibly grateful for. That person, my father, finally got me to understand that there is so much more to life and then my eyes truly opened for the first time and I never looked back. Because I had that positive influence and saw how important it truly was, I want to be able to be that same person for these kids. The kids at the Lemoyne Center really do have good hearts and they try hard, but are just misguided at points. I can see it when they are so excited to get a homework problem right or to finish a worksheet they never thought they could before. Even in the way they do extra activities like creating posters they are always pursuing to have the best one and be the most creative, all of which are steps in the right direction. Now all we as volunteers have to do is get these kids to use this motivation and determination outside of the center and used in every day life and we will have successfully done our job. I know we are definitely on the right track and soon I have faith that all these kids will be excelling in everything they put their minds and that will be their turning point to never look back. And I am so excited to see that day.

-Nikki

 

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2 Responses to “Role Models”

  1. Megs November 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    Thanks for the post Nikki! You are right the children have good hearts and are just in need of guidance.

    • wjamericorpsfellows November 28, 2011 at 3:15 am #

      Nikki! This was beautifully written and I agree one hundred percent. The moments when you see one of these children get a new concept they are struggling with or finish a problem on their own; those are moments that make it all worthwhile!
      –Claire

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