LeaderworX transforms lives and resumes
LeaderworX was where I made irreplaceable friendships, gave back through service and where I became the person who I wanted to be. I first heard about this program when I went on a SEND trip to Trenton, New Jersey during my junior year.
The program director, Kimby Heil, gave a presentation during the week providing information about the program. It sounded like an incredible opportunity, but I was not sure if I wanted to spend six weeks away from home with people I didn’t know. When I arrived back at Assumption, my heart was set on applying.
My parents and I arrived at the Center for Faith Justice on the morning of June 28, and all I wanted to do was go home.
The second I walked into the house, I felt right at home. There, I met the new people I would be living with for the next six weeks. Everyone was so welcoming, and they made me realize that the upcoming were going to be absolutely unforgettable. That night we had dinner together, and I was so happy that I was finally beginning the adventure I had always craved.
The program director gave us a schedule after dinner that looked extremely overwhelming, but everyone said to take it one day at a time. That next day was the beginning of a formation week, which consisted of different activities we did as a community. By the end of the week, it was time to head to our service sites, where we would be working with students in both middle and high school.
Philadelphia was my first service location where I worked with high school students. During the week, we worked at the Aquinas Center, assisting with a summer camp for younger kids for a few hours during the day. Even though it was a small act of service, I felt like I was really giving back by giving these kids the attention they needed.
By the end of the week, I didn’t want to leave because I had formed so many incredible bonds. My staff was my support system during the first week, and I could not have successfully completed the experience without them.
During the remainder of the summer, I continued working with middle and high school students by going to different service sites throughout New Jersey and Philadelphia. The bonds I formed with my staff and the students are incredible because they came from faith and service.
There is no better feeling than being able to give back with people who have the same values I do. When I was volunteering, I did not have to explain why I was taking part in service events. Everyone I met had a story, and it was such an amazing opportunity to have met all of these incredible people from the communities to which I had become to belong.
Leaving the service experience was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, but I wouldn’t have changed anything about this summer. Service is something about which I am very passionate, and spending six weeks of my summer doing service was exactly what I had wanted to do.
This summer, I became the person who I wanted to be, and I felt like I really grew as a person over the course of six weeks. LeaderworX, thank you for an unforgettable summer.
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