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Karen-volunteer

I have learned so much from
our supervising teachers — how and
when to push, when to just be a
supportive figure, and especially how to
help all of the different learning styles and
personalities that grace BTGCP.

I can honestly say that my time at the after school program at Bridge the Gap has been the most rewarding of all of my volunteer efforts. While not without its frustrations — this is real life after all — it is gratifying to feel like my efforts have had an impact on a child who is not my own. Those moments when I connect with a student are such a reward. I have learned so much from our supervising teachers — how and when to push, when to just be a supportive figure, and especially how to help all of the different learning styles and personalities that grace BTGCP. This continues to be a wonderful opportunity for me to try to “give back.”

Karen, Extended Learning Day Program Volunteer since 2006

 

The great sages have all agreed on three core requisites for a happy and fulfilling life: 1. Don’t get caught up in material wealth. 2. Spend a dedicated amount of time each day in quiet contemplation. 3. Be involved in something bigger than yourself. It is this third concept that drew me to volunteer for Bridge the Gap. I won’t sugar coat things and say that the work is always joyful and easy.

The people who run BTGCP are kind,
selfless and smart, but I think what
I appreciate most about them is that
they’re passionately interested in results.

Sometimes it can be downright frustrating. By definition, the program reaches out to kids who aren’t always easy to reach. But this upcoming school year will be my fourth with BTGCP, and I can say quite honestly that the program has become one of the most important and meaningful parts of my life, not only because I’ve had a chance to make a difference in the lives of some very cool young people, but also because of the staff. As one might expect, the people who run BTGCP are kind, selfless and smart, but I think what I appreciate most about them is that they’re passionately interested in results. They want feedback, they’re open to criticism and are willing to change when it’s clear change is necessary to achieve better results. That not only makes for a strong, effective organization, it also makes for a fun, rewarding, working environment.

Eric, Evening/HS Program Tutor since 2006b


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