Pros: fun, worked well with schedule, transportation provided
Cons: only met once a week
Before volunteering for the Youth Assistance Program, I had very little experience working with children. Every Thursday I would go to a local elementary school and work either one-on-one or in a small group of students. I have become confident in my abilities to teach them confidence, curiosity, and independence. The children really began to see me as a role model, and I am incredibly proud of that. We were overseen by elementary teachers and administration. I worked alongside other high school juniors and seniors. The hardest part of the job was coming up with new, inventive ways to explain concepts to the students, but in the end my hard work was rewarded. The most enjoyable part of the job was interacting with the students. I loved their energy and getting to know them individually.