I just got back from volunteering at a summer day camp at my masjid...
SO CUTE. I was helping out with the boys group, ages 7-9, and they were crazy. I loved it! I don't think I could ever be a teacher, but I love tutoring and being around the youth. When you're young and you have an older mentor to guide you through the tough times, help you out with school work, or simply encourage you, it is a HUGE deal. Especially for kids who aren't hearing those supportive words at home, you could really be doing something great for them. And when teens have someone older to look up to for guidance, it serves as a protective factor for them; they're more likely to care about their education and avoid negative outcomes (behavioral issues, etc.). I feel like as much as the kids are taking from us, we're taking from them. It's so rewarding to be around the youth and know that you're making a difference.
This is why I know I haven't completely wasted my time with completing my undergrad in social work. I've learned so many great skills and I'm able to give more back to the community through volunteering. Because of my background in social work and the knowledge I've gained in school, I understand a lot about how children are developing, what their needs are, and what things might set them back.
Although my focus is 100% film, I want to be a positive influence for the youth in everything that I do.
Today I found out that mixed kids are not as outnumbered anymore! We're takin' ovaaa! I met a little boy who is half-Pakistani and half-Chinese, and another little one who is half-Pakistani and half-Spanish (Spain). I got to speak a little bit of Spanish with that one :) And I'm sure there were a bunch others.
I introduced myself to the class, and I told them to raise their hands if they have any questions for me. They all asked normal questions like, "Where do you live?" and "Where are you from", while this one little trouble-maker in front just blurted out, "You're hot".
What are kids learning these days? hahaha I love these mischievous tykes.