Thursday, February 20, 2014

Jumping Out On Faith

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.

                                                                                                     By: Jaleice Johnson