Thursday, June 23, 2011

June Catsup

Monday, I sat down with Tracey and George from Jabbok Family Services. We discussed their COOL Youth Program over the school year and the summer program that begins the 27th. The summer program sounds really fun, and it's clear that they're really serving the community.

This afternoon, I attended volunteer orientation and met some of the other volunteers for the summer program. I was a little surprised to be the eldest volunteer by almost a decade. I talked to a woman that is volunteering with COOL Youth to fill the service requirement to graduate high school. I told her about chaperoning for the middle school dances in Platteville. Then later I realized that when I was nineteen and chaperoning, she would have been old enough to attend said dances. Oh boy.

The COOL Youth program is arts focused which is great. I like that I can work with youth, work with art and work with people like George and Tracey who seem to genuinely care about the program they run. That is why I applied for an Americorps Fellowship to work with youth over the next year (hopefully with Jabbok).

After orientation, I ran home and threw on my interview uniform. Right now, my uniform has evolved to be black dress pants, a black tank top, black socks, black shoes and a cover up of some kind (Today it was a hot pink sweater.). I leisurely walked to the Marriott. I had never been there before and asked the valet where HR was located. Today was a group interview with myself and one other person. I think it went okay. Actually, I'm not 100% sure, because when we met or interviewer he was all smiles and by the time it was over he was straight faced. This might be a bad sign. Well, I'll know by the end of the week.

What I am really excited about is the summer program with Jabbok. I bought a one piece and a cover up; I am ready for some fun in the sun. Hanging out with kids keeps you young. I just want to have fun and a good reason to act like I'm ten. Being surrounded by thirty kids under 11 and four or so volunteers still in high school should help.

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