Monthly Archives: September 2014

Kids Club Inspiration

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

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This year I have had the opportunity to attend Kids Club on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Although it has entailed several long days and some exhaustion, it has most certainly been the most rewarding experience in my internship with SON so far. I mistakenly thought that I would be serving the children, but in reality the children have served me. I have learned from them what it means to work hard, to persevere, and to live life FULL of hope and joy.

One child in particular has made my Kids Club experience absolutely inspiring. She has just recently moved to the United States as a refugee with her family. Hardly speaking any English, she entered into the Hilliard City School system last year. AlthSONY DSCough she still struggles with English, she has grown immensely! Each evening that she comes to Kids Club she wears a smile and eagerly embraces every activity we do.

Each evening that I have seen her, I have asked her about her day at school. She smiles widely each time and tells me how AWESOME her school day was. She loves every subject in school and especially loves reading. At first I questioned how a second grade child who hardly spoke English could possibly love reading. I’ve come to realize this child’s gratitude and perseverance. School is incredibly difficult for her and yet she finds joy in learning. She embraces challenges and enjoys opportunities to stretch her mind. This is a quality that I am inspired by.

I was humbled this week to realize that I would be learning what it means to appreciate learning from these special children.

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Empowering Change in Our Community

By Claire Scott

Ohio State Social Work Intern with SON Ministries

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As I am beginning my Social Work internship with SON ministries, I had the opportunity to watch a video series from The Chalmers Center about poverty and how we can alleviate it through empowering individuals and communities. The videos define poverty as a “set of relationships that don’t work.” Ultimately, we are all fundamentally broken.  This video series suggests that the way we fix this brokenness and alleviate poverty is through asset-based development: focusing on the assets of individuals in the communities we work in and focusing on what these individuals can bring to the table in order to solve a problem.

As we begin the Family ESOL/Kids Club program on Thursday, many adults and children will be able to increase their knowledge and abilities through ESOL classes for adults and the homework help for children that we provide. Our hope is that children will be able to return to school feeling confident in their abilities and that adults will be able to integrate into their communities as empowered English speakers.

I’m eager to begin this internship with SON Ministries because I will get the chance to provide opportunities for individuals to BE the change they want to see in their community. I’m excited to be a part of SON as we together empower individuals to nurture their own DREAMS to alleviate poverty.

If you’re interested in watching the video series, here is a link!

http://www.chalmers.org/media/category/whh-small-group-experience

 

At SON Ministries we nurture DREAMS to alleviate poverty.