Madelena Rizzo.

Long Creek Youth Center - Portland, ME

Project Description

Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient

“My summer proved to be one of the most powerful and enriching experiences that I have ever had. Through chats and discussions, I learned how to foster trust and respect.”

One of my goals was to “break through” with residents, and with some I believe that I did just that. By this I mean that I was patient and persistent enough to show them that I was someone whom they could trust and confide in. I also facilitated a girls’ running group that met a few times a week, as well as a weekly acting group. I was pleased with the girls’ hard work in the acting group, and it seems that they gained confidence from the exercises in which we engaged. I clarified math skills that the residents were struggling with and I saw their faces light up in understanding. Similarly, I aided students preparing for the G.E.D. I facilitated tie-dye t-shirt making with the girls unit and later I brought in supplies to make Friendship Bracelets. I have also been attempting to introduce the residents to as many new things as possible, whether that comes in the form of an informal conversation about running technique or a slideshow about my study abroad experience.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2013
  • Tags 2013, Education, Junior, Preston, Social Service, USA
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