Over the summer, I volunteered at my old preschool, Hanson Place Child Development Center, in Downtown Brooklyn for 2 months over the summer. While I was there, I took care of 1-2 year old kids and helped them read, play, and learn. Besides working with the kids, I also helped the teachers feed the kids, walk them, take care of them, etc. I believe this helps the community because it teaches young minds little things that will help them later in life, and by starting them out at a young age they will be more prepared in later years of school. This experience improved me greatly, for It helped me understand the basics of taking care of/ helping children with their learning and daily life, and it also helped me learn what it is like to be in a teachers shoes, teaching children to read, play with other kids, and many other things. Compared to other people’s volunteer work, this helped little children learn what many of us learned when we were their age, and it was like passing on the torch to the next generation of kids. By working with those kids and spreading the knowledge I know, and some of the knowledge that I learned when I use to go to school their, I felt like I was giving back to my community and my old teachers who gave so much to me. Overall I had a great experience and would love to do it again next year.
My attitude has changed in many ways, including the perspective of early education and who is able to get it. Over the course of the project I have learned more about the big impact that can be put into effect with and without early education. Over the course of the project I learned that I have to think about the specialties that I get and how I can apply it to other people’s lives. Another skill I developed was the ability to connect with organizations and find ways to get together and meet to talk about did different topics.
The aspect of the project that I found most challenging was finding away to get together with my whole group to setup the website, find a date and time to meet with the organization, and to find time to practice for the presentation with everyone’s busy schedules. The aspect of the project I found most rewarding was finding out more about a topic that I knew existed but never knew how negative the topic was in New York. By researching this topic and talking with people trying to fix the problem, I learned how much this really does affect many people, and I know I might be able to help in the further to make the numbers decrease. One way I can remain engaged with my nonprofit organization is by volunteering to help around the site, help the kids and teachers, donate money they can use to buy supplies, or even little things like tell people about what is happening and how they can help out with the problem and help the organizations.