Rachana is a Sophomore at Eastern Michigan University. She currently is double majoring in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. Growing up in Westland, Michigan, Rachana always felt she had the support system she needed growing up as a child. “My parents were always there for me, [I grew up] in a nice and safe environment.
As a college work-study student, she had the opportunity to take a leadership role in the Future Leaders Program. This is a leadership program for elementary students at Parkridge Community Center that focuses on providing them with tools and tips they can use in everyday life to be successful. [I believe] it keeps the kids out of danger and teaches them to do the right thing” is how Rachana feels after leading the program since October of last year. Also, participating in pre-student teaching in Novi, she shared her experiences there in comparison to Mentor2Youth.
“Its different at that school, most of the students I worked with were academically sound. It didn’t seem like I was needed beyond providing them with their homework.” Regarding youth participating in the Future Leaders Program,
“I realized I had to become more engaged with my students as I was teaching them. They needed that extra support and attention. I was not use to this at first but, now I am more comfortable.”
Emmanuel, Executive Director for Mentor2Youth shared these sentiments, “I have seen a 180 from Rachana in how she has improved as the leader of this program. I have been pleased with how she has taken ownership of this program and the kids sense it. They look to her for guidance and support.”
Not only does Mentor2Youth have an impact on the youth its serves, but the volunteers and staff as well.
“Mentor2Youth has impacted my goals for my future career because it helped me learn to work with different children. [They] taught me a lot about myself as far as being a teacher goes.”
One of the greatest benefits of helping others is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring to your life. It seems the reward has been greater than Rachana could have first imagined.