My group decided to work on a health issue in Brooklyn. We researched what issues were prevalent in the population and found that diabetes was an issue in Bed Stuy and Coney Island. After comparing the statistics between the two neighborhoods, we saw that Bed Stuy population had more diabetics. Thus, we decided to work within Bed Stuy to build a clinic that would test and treat the community.
We tried to keep in mind that the income level of the neighborhood is low and that we would have to keep prices down so that people would be able to afford our help. As the budget coordinator, this task was very difficult. The base cost for the medical help we required was already over the what we had expected. Upon consulting with the site coordinator, it was obvious that the price of any real estate or rental was also going to be very expensive. Tacking on additional costs were also major minor things that piled up into high annual costs, but it was easier to find lower prices on medical websites.
During my research, I came across another diabetes clinic in Bed Stuy… The problem being that it had ridiculously low reviews and the quality of service was horrible, as said by the clients. I hope that one day we would not only be able to provide the services that would benefit the community, but build a warm clinic where our patients feel cared for. I believe that people should be taken care of and treated well, as opposed to walking dollar bills for doctors to collect.
This year, I aided Kristin Marchilena with a some of her Lower School music classes. I had hoped to gain experience with both children and music, and I was delighted by the both the creativity and merriness of the class. The children, despite being very rowdy very often, were respective of their teacher and myself. If they broke a rule, they were quick to rectify the problem when commented on. Often though, I felt as though I wasn’t too sure how I was helping. I felt as though I was simply playing and singing with them and not doing any work. Kristin explained to me that without me around, the classes were usually much crazier. She told me that the kids respected me and enjoyed playing with me; this realisation made me extremely happy and helped me realise that service doesn’t have to feel like work. Overall, I truly enjoyed working with Kristen and the kids. I hope to continue working with children in the future.
Over Spring Break, I went on the Nepal service trip. Over the course of two weeks, I experienced so many things that I never imagined that I would have the chance to witness. There were small things I noticed while staying in the small village where we helped to build the foundation of a new school. Within our own group, I witnessed the close bonds and friendships that were growing to be even stronger. We strived to do our best to provide the best aid we could as representatives of the Friends Seminary community. Among the villagers that we were working with, the same sense of camaraderie grew quickly. Despite the obvious language barrier, everyone, from old to young, knew the purpose of what we were doing. We didn’t need words to work well together. The smiles, laughs, sweat, and the future of the village’s schools were all we needed to comprehend. The simple tranquility that echoed throughout that village was unlike any other sensation on Earth. The worksite, the classrooms, and the clear night sky all held the same feeling of purity that I never dreamt of coming across.
May 8, 2014
I had the pleasure of working with an organization that deals with education. The GO Project works with struggling elementary and middle school students from the downtown New York City area. They specifically target students who are in trouble of failing that have been pointed out by the staff of the schools they work with. The GO Project is affiliated with a few different schools (such as Friends Seminary and Grace Church) that allow The GO Project to use their school space to tutor the students coming for help.
Working with The GO Project was a very interesting and somewhat surprising experience. During my time working with a class of fourth graders, I found myself surprised with how they acted and functioned. They all enjoyed working with their teachers and classmates and seemed to be very close to one another. While speaking to the students, I heard many different kinds of stories and feelings. The subjects ranged from art to bullying, and it struck me that these kids were so surprisingly normal. Even though they were in so much academic trouble and seemed to have so many problems on their plates, these children were no different than any other kid I had come across. They loved having fun and playing pranks and being accepted. They all wanted to get better in school and they all trusted that The GO Project would help them. To me, the Go Project struck me as not only allowing kids the chance of a better education, but also as a place of hope and encouraged dreams. I am extremely grateful that I was given the chance to work with such a wonderful organization, and I wish to continue helping these students fulfill their life goals.