Name: Amit Ahituv
From: Walnut Creek, California
School: Las Lomas High School
My Life Does Not Revolve Around the Sun
My work at STAR Center is so significant in my life. Since the summer of 2016 I’ve helped out as
a social coach in PEERS, working with separate groups of kids, teens,
and young adults in order to teach social skills. I mainly
participate in example skits, write the social rules, and alone guide
the separate practice conversation at the end with 2 to 3 people, for
the Teens and Adults. However, for the kids, I am in charge of
keeping them focused and making sure everything runs smoothly as well
as the example skits, but for them it’s with puppets!
At first, I volunteered to see first-hand the effect of the brain, but it turned into so much more.
As I was helping teach skills, I learned many important ones as well.
I became more patient and understanding since, well, I had to be. The
behavior of those with autism is different, but so is everyone
else’s. This realization has truly opened my eyes. I not only
realized, but accepted that no one acts according to my expectations.
I am now able to put things in someone else’s perspective to
comprehend the causes of his/her behavior. I am so grateful to be a
volunteer at STAR Center; It’s shaped me into a better person.
I’ve witnessed the effects of “bad people.” I’ve helped out as a social coach in two teenager
groups. When the lesson on how to handle bullying comes up, I get
angry. It shocks me how humans treat humans. Yes, those with autism
behave differently, but so does every single human being on Earth. No
one, especially individuals with a developmental disorder, should
ever be ridiculed for their behavior. A good person should be caring
towards others regardless of their behavior. A good person should not
be judgemental towards others. A good person is kind.
When I was 5, I was debating between becoming a rock climber or doctor; thankfully I chose the
latter. Only recently, I’ve adjusted that goal. I now plan to be a
psychiatrist. Volunteering at STAR Center has ignited my devotion to
help others. I am fortunate to have been born relatively healthy.
Yet, that doesn’t mean I can live my life in ignorance. I would be
letting down the human race if I do nothing to help others. I do not
have the credentials and experience to make an impactful difference
yet. But, ten years from now I will. I will make my life revolve
around helping others.