Youth Forward Scholarship 2017 – Making a Chance with Audubon

Name: Anasia Hamlett
From: Baltimore, Maryland
Grade: 11
School: Baltimore City College (High school)
Votes: 0

This
past summer, I worked as a summer camp counselor at a park in my city
for the company Audubon, a naturalist birding organization. Before I
started the job, I didn’t know what to expect, but I had so much
fun. We worked with children ranging from kindergarten to fifth
grade. The goal of this camp was to give the children a better
understanding of the world around them through games and activities
throughout the park. Some of the activities included litter
clean-ups, fishing, team building activities, insect investigations,
and taking tours around the park’s boat lake. Throughout the Summer
I truly felt like I was one of the kids enjoying the camp with them.

Something
that I’ll always keep with me from this experience is the impact we
had on the children. A lot of them were in unfortunate situations
(homelessness being an example), and coming to the park was the only
time that they could truly experience the beauty of nature and get
away from the harsh realities of the world. A lot of them lived in
the “concrete jungle” we call the city, so coming to the park and
seeing so many different plants and animals was a new experience for
a majority of them, even myself. It was nice to see that they were
genuinely happy about coming to camp because they were so engaged in
the activities and loved interacting with us.

I
felt as though I was really contributing to making a difference in
the generation by brightening their lives and giving them something
to look forward too. I felt that the program also taught them a lot
about the environment and how important it is to treat the world with
respect. I was also learning a lot myself, as being in the program
also introduced me to all the wonders of the park. I build great
relationships not only with the children, but the other four
teenagers and volunteers I worked with, and the people who work with
Audubon on a daily basis. This experience is something I’ll never
forget.


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