An Experience Like No Other
In the past, I have participated in community service projects. It wasn’t until The Leadership and Professional Development (LPD) class in the fall of 2012 that I was introduced to the idea of service learning. This semester taught me the importance of reflecting on the community service that I performed and actually taking something away from the experience. This semester my team and I had the opportunity to participate in community service activities at The Village at Carver Family YMCA at 1600 Pryor Road. We had the pleasure of working with a wonderful and enthusiastic staff and mentoring some of the local youth. The youth that we mentored ranged from kindergarten to the 8th grade. It is my plan to give an outlook on my time spent and the experiences that I had while participating in the service-learning project.
I really did not know what to expect in the LPD class. So when we were told that we were required to take part in a service-learning project with a group of our classmates, I really did not take it too seriously. My initial thought was that it was other stuff that I could be doing instead of giving up twenty hours of my time for community service. My group, Team Wisdom, chose to do our community service at the YMCA. In my previous experiences with YMCAs, I thought that this community service would be kind of boring like it was in the past. The YMCAs that I volunteered at back home were strictly dealing with adults or just cleaning up the facility. When I arrived at The Village at Carver Family YMCA, I was told that they had to do a background check on me. When they told me this, I thought that this community service would be a no nonsense type of situation. This just made my opinion about the situation worse.
A week after the background checks were done, we had our first meeting with our site director, Mr. George Lessane. From the first time we met him, he was...