Atlanta-based, nonprofit youth development organization that provides high quality, STEM based learning opportunities along with a wide range of services that support the overall personal, social and leadership development of youth residing in some of the city's most distressed neighborhoods.
When I graduated from the University of
Minnesota, one of my hardest decisions was moving to Georgia on pure faith and
hope. I had no job lined up, I barely knew anyone, and for the first time in my
life I did not have school to fall back on. But when I learned about the opportunity to
work as an Americorps member through Raising Expectations, a place where I
would have the chance to influence and teach underserved students, it
solidified my decision to jump out on faith and move to Georgia.
When I arrived at Raising Expectations, I
was pleased to walk into an environment where I was received with open arms.I have
the pleasure of working with some of the most talented and hardworking women I
have ever seen. It is rare to find a
group of people who are so dedicated and believe in what they do so much that
they are willing to go above and beyond the call of duty.
I have always known that no matter what I
did, I wanted to work with children. I
wasn’t exactly sure how that path would begin for me but being a part of Raising
Expectations has provided me with the opportunity to really dig in and begin
working in my career path.
I am here to be that shoulder to lean on,
that coach and that motivator that some kids may not experience with anyone
else. Raising Expectations has opened my
eyes to what true strength and courage looks like in children. I can only hope
that my time here will change the children as much as they have changed me.
People always say, "There are two
sides to every story". Well with the Raising Expectations story, there are
two sides to the journey. As a former student and mentee, I only saw the
student's perspective. This perspective consisted of field trips, getting homework
done (most expeditiously), "Take A Student to College Day",
Poetry, Community Service, but most of all, always staying involved in
activities that allowed students to raise the bar.
Now that I work with Raising
Expectations, I get to see a glimpse of the business side of the journey. The
side that works from 8am until; and when I say until, I mean until everything
is completed and every child is home safely. One time, that "until"
ran up to 10:00pm. The side that focuses on the students’ success by creating engaging
lesson plans and school visits to check on our students’ grades and conduct.
The side that partners with parents, teachers and community agencies to enrich
the students’ lives and the community as a whole.
I work in an office with a group of women
that exude so much leadership, wisdom, poise, and determination that in the
four months I have been with Raising Expectations I have grown as a person.
Learning and seeing this other side of the journey, has definitely opened my
eyes to see how much work, energy, time, and stress goes on behind the scenes.
Raising Expectations' journey has changed lives and affected so many people
along the way. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to share this journey with
Raising Expectations this year, allowing me to see the ins and outs of the
organization from the other side.
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the decision to come to Raising Expectations (RE), by way of AmeriCorps, was a
hard life-changing decision. Before beginning my service at RE I was attending
graduate school at Mercer University majoring in Clinical Mental Health
Counseling. But after several months at Raising Expectations, I can say that
my decision was well worth it.
My experience at RE thus far has been one of the most wonderful, yet heart
wrenching ever. The team of women that I work with are absolutely awesome!
There are challenges, but we always overcome them. I love my team. We work hard
and have fun at the same time. My students have definitely grown on me. At
first it was challenging, but now that we have gotten to know each other, it is
going great. I find myself thinking about them and doing things for them on my
past Friday, I had to pick up some of my students parents for a parent-teacher
conference. It was a humbling yet a touching experience that brought me to tears.
To see where the kids are growing up, makes me appreciate my life
even more. It also strengthens my desire to help them raise their
expectations of themselves, and become a product of their dreams and not their