For service day, the tenth grade traveled to the AFYA warehouse. AFYA is an organization that recycles unused medical supplies. We sorted the medical supplies along with other volunteers, which would be sent to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief. We sorted through the medical supplies, grouping things together, and then packed them into bags, labeling the bags according to what they contained. This experience was very meaningful, as we were hopefully doing life-saving work since the supplies we sorted will save peoples lives.
Over the summer, I worked for a non-profit called Pier40Baseball. Pier40Baseball is a program of P3, the Pier, Park, and Playground association, whose goal is to promote the construction of new baseball fields in the lower-Manhattan area of New York City by getting more kids to play baseball. At Pier40Baseball, children ages 5-14 receive hitting as well as position-specific instruction in order improve their overall baseball skills. Personally, I helped the younger children improve their hitting skills by feeding them balls on a tee and giving them instruction on how to better their baseball swing. In addition to this, I hit them balls in order to enhance their baseball fielding skills, and I led them in various stretches and warm-ups. I really enjoyed my time at Pier40Baseball, and I enjoyed to see young kids blossom as baseball players, as I too play baseball.
Link to Website: https://www.hudsonriverpark.org/explore-the-park/activities/baseball
Over the summer I spent a week volunteering as a pony camp counselor at Crosswinds Equestrian Center (CEC). The camp revolved around teaching kids ages 5-8 how to ride and further their love for horses. As a counselor I helped out during the riding lessons, arranged arts and crafts and showed the campers how to tack up horses, do barn chores, etc.
CEC has always been close to my heart, as I have been riding there since I was little. I would go to the camp every summer, as I absolutely loved it. I remember idolizing the counsellors, thinking how I wanted to be like them when I grew up. It turns out one of the campers this past summer did too, as she told me she wants to work here one day. Having the chance to be a counselor at a camp I used to go to was such an amazing experience. It showed me how I have grown, and who I have become. Additionally, it proved to me this camp had more of an impact on my life than I realized. A seed was planted many years ago, which blossomed into a passion for riding. Therefore, this was an unforgettable experience because I was able to plant seeds in this new generation of riders.