Kama Jones El.

Upward Bound - Mt. Hermon, MA

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

Growing up, “apart from my family members, teachers were some of the most influential people in my community….Teachers were my escape from the world around me; they were the ones who introduced me to the world…by recommending books to me, talking to me about college, and teaching ideas unimaginable to me at the time.” As an aspiring educator herself, Kama interned as a tutor at a chapter of Upward Bound, a federally-funded program that provides tutoring, college counseling, and support to low-income high schoolers. “Upward Bound, in many ways, reminds me of my hometown community; it helps first generation, minority students like myself and provides them with opportunities that they might not otherwise have access to.”

As a tutor, Kama mentored students in small groups, planned and led classroom activities, and supervised and counselled students living in dorms. “My position as an intern allowed me to see and understand all of the ‘behind the scenes’ planning and effort that goes into supporting students, preparing them for rigorous academic work and creating activities that encourage students’ confidence, creativity and success.”

Kama often found herself advocating to staff on behalf of her students about microaggressions, unfair policies, and other concerns. Although Kama was initially unsure how to address these issues with her superiors, she soon gained confidence and learned the importance of “proper and effective communication with my colleagues, supervisors, and students.” Kama’s time at Upward Bound affirmed her interest in a profession in education. “I hope to become the kind of teacher who leads by example and uses her voice to speak for those who have not been acknowledged.”

Project Details

  • Date July 19, 2016
  • Tags 2016, Education, Junior, Preston, USA

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