Community Service Repsonse
The Plymouth Christian Youth Center, commonly known as PYC, was my community service site for the fall and spring semesters. In the fall, I worked with the high school, tutoring students in math, english, and history. The experience was good but I felt as though I was under appreciated. Most of the high school students felt that they were "too cool for school" and didn't need my help. This made it difficult to make much of an impact while I was there. The one impact I am proud of was the educational games that my group and I designed specifically for PYC. These games taught the students how to prepare themselves for college and how to find jobs.
This past semester, I worked with second and third graders at PYC in the after school enrichment program. It wasn't long before I noticed that these young kids were very smart and all they really needed was a little motivation. My Tuesday afternoons consisted of hopping on the 16 directly after 1701 got out and heading straight to PYC. Once there, it was usually reading time which meant I would sit own with a student and listen to them read for 15 minutes or so, helping them when needed. After reading time was over, they would have time to work on whatever monthly project was due. These projects ranged from producing a play to researching animals and insects. During this time, I mostly helped the kids complete whatever the task at hand was.
Volunteering at PYC was a valuable experience that I will never forget. This was something that honestly, I probably would have never done on my own accord. I am glad I participated in it because I met a lot of people from different backgrounds and lifestyles who I would have normally not worked with. I was hopefully able to have a lasting impact on them and they definitely taught me a lot about life.