The blog this week was written by Dalanna Hoskins, a Community Broker at The Arcadia Institute. Working with youth has been complicated and rewarding at the same time. One of the youth I have worked with in particular has grown leaps and bounds during the 8 month period we have worked together. For the sake of confidentiality her name shall be Sally Excellent.
Since working with Sally, we have been able to connect her with the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center where she volunteers on a regular basis on Friday afternoons. Through the Disability Network Southwest Michigan we have started travel training with Ms. Leona Carter. This training has provided a closer step toward independence for Sally. She will be able to get home from her volunteer site on her own and possibly anywhere else in the Kalamazoo area in the near future.
We did a MAP (Making Action Plan) with her in April, and it was a great success. Through this we were able to bring her family and those close to her together, and come to common ground in planning for her future. The outcome was the ability to get more volunteer opportunities at a family friends’ daycare, travel training, and even getting more information on how to help her succeed in school.
This is only the beginning stage of the process for Sally and her family. I feel that she will continue to succeed and develop more into a mature young woman. She will be more than capable to accomplish most, if not, all of her short term goals for this year and the upcoming year.
Sally is only one of eight students that I work with on a one on one basis, and each them are showing progress in their own way. It has been great working with Joellen Heldt from Family & Children Services, Leona Carter from the Disability Network Southwest Michigan, and Beth Walters from the Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center. These ladies have made the process for Sally run smoothly and with much help and support. I say THANK YOU! to these women who are part of these organizations, and made it possible for Sally to be one step closer to her goals and dreams.
It is a blessing to be part of a great organization such as Arcadia Institute who allows a person like myself, to help others find a pathway to success, independence, and progression. As well as working with other organizations with the same mindset and vision for our youth and adults that we work with.