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Four years ago, upon my college graduation I entered the real world scared out of my mind, wishing I could be a senior forever. After working the summer for Eastern Nazarene College, I had a distraction and didn’t, for the moment, have to worry about finding a “real” job. Although as a Type A personality the worry started to seep in. After a few weeks of job searching/interviewing, and many phone calls home to my mom, I had decided to move back to New York to pursue a career there and be close to my family. One afternoon while packing, I received a call from St. Stephen’s asking if I could come in for an interview. As a “faithy” kind of person I had a feeling that I should go, so I obliged my inner voice. I looked up directions, went to the interview, went home, called my mom, called my future husband, prayed and waited. I said to myself, “if I hear by tomorrow, I will take it.”
It has been my most sincere pleasure over the last four years to serve the St. Stephen’s community. Honestly, I didn’t think I would ever want to leave this place. I felt as though I had found my niche and as demanding as this work was, I was willing to put the program first–always.
“So be sure when you step,
step with care and great tact
and remember that Life’s
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed!)
KID YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Alenn O’Shea
you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!”
Your mountain is waiting.
So… get on your way!“
The 2012-2013 program year of Generations Incorporated is coming to a close! B-READY students have been reading one-on-one, twice a week with older adult AARP Experience Corps Volunteer Members. This week, we’re celebrating a year of many successes.
This past school-year, St. Stephen’s and St. A&M had over 100 volunteers come lend a helping hand. They help prepare snack, tutor kids one-on-one, and build friendships. This year, we had a 16 Boston College students volunteer at St. Stephen’s in the South End for the entire year through the PULSE program. We were sad to see them go when their school year came to an end. Fortunately, the bonds they formed with the kids are still strong.
Jacklyn, one of our (now former) BC PULSErs, shared a book that Dayanaliz, one of our St. Stephen’s LEARN participants, wrote about her friendship with Jacklyn. During the PULSErs’ last week at St. Stephen’s, Dayanaliz read her book to Jacklyn, and Jacklyn was kind enough to share it with us:
My Best Friend
From Dayanaliz, To Jacklyn
Once there was a girl called Jacklyn. She had a friend called Dayanaliz. Dayanaliz was little but instead of calling Jacklyn Jacklyn she called her aunty Jacklyn because she looked like her aunt [she did always call me this!] And one day Jacklyn didnt come. Dayanaliz was sad. Jacklyn came back on Tuesday. Dayanaliz was still sad. When Jacklyn said whats wrong she smiled. Dayanliz said I missed you. [True story! This happened after Christmas break.] Now it has passed days and now Dayanaliz has always remembered that Jacklyn will not be gone for a long time and she kept it in her head for a long time. The end.
Jacklyn added in her email to us:
Well that’s her story! She was so cute about reading it to me and let me keep the book. I hope she is doing well, as well as everyone else over at St. Stephen’s! Send everyone my best wishes.
Jacklyn also scanned Dayanaliz’s book! Check it out!
Miles and smiles! It’s been a great run! I have loved every last trying, crying, and even the challenging minutes! It’s been all love! And now that it’s all said and done, I can say, I did it for the smiles. Seeing others happy, giving kids a chance every day to get it right, make themselves better, try harder, push themselves, and keep smiling.
Have a great summer! Keep smiling!
Posted by Camille Spivey, Site Director at St. A&M from 2011-2013
The most exciting part of the event was not only the one basket difference in the final score but that St. Stephen’s was able to play with and against some Hurley Hawks players who currently are part of the YLC, promoting teamwork, healthy competition and the shared support of youth in the community. Additionally, St. Stephen’s players, using stenciling skills learned over the last few weeks in Art class, created some hip spray-painted t-shirt jerseys, which were worn at the game.