I am a Teen Intern for Serving Our Neighbors (SON) Ministries every Tuesday and Thursday, since early October. While being at Kids Club, I met so many amazing children and peers, which makes it the highlight of my week. In particular, there are these two children in which I have become really close with. Every time they come to Kids Club they are always in a positive attitude, and constant energy, which always improves my mood, leaving a smile on my face. Not just those two guys, but all of the children are laughing, smiling, and interacting with one another throughout the night. There are so many things to learn from the children. The most important thing I have learned in my short time is patience.
On a Thursday night I walked into the academic support room, and sat down at a random table. I started helping a few different children at one time, but there was this one guy that I really get close with that night. As I was helping him with his homework he sort of started singing a song from one of his favorite influences. Which also happened to be one of my favorite influences as well. We finally started talking about ourselves, while working through his homework. After that night every time he saw me at Kids Club he would always run up to me, and we would strike up a conversation. When we are talking and just goofing around time always goes by so quick. He just might be one of the only people that could say the exact same thing over and over again, and it still be funny every time. At the end of the night when the Teen Interns are cleaning up, he always somehow finds me. He never leaves the building without giving me a hug.
SON Ministries is a place of HOPE where families facing poverty can come together as one.
Kids Club Teen Intern
I am a Teen Intern for SON Ministries and every Tuesday and Thursday since late October I’ve been volunteering at Kids Club and I’ve met some awesome children and people. Kids Club is the highlight of my week. In particular, there are two little girls who are sisters and I’ve become pretty close with them. Every time they come into Kids Club they run up to me and give me a big hug. Their positive attitude, imagination and constant energy always improves my mood instantly and leaves a smile on my face. The children are always laughing and playing and have so much to say. I learn a lot from them. They’ve taught me patience and love.
There are several other children that I’ve got to spend time with and I love hearing all about them and what they like to do for fun. I’ve gotten really close with many of them and we have our own inside jokes and I know their favorite games to play. I also love helping out during our reading groups which are a great way for the children to spend time enjoying a book and improve their listening skills simultaneously. I also volunteer at the Columbus Metropolitan Library as a reading buddy, so it’s really cool to see those go hand in hand. My goal in the future is to be an English teacher and volunteering at Kids Club helped me discover how much of a special place children hold in my heart.
I’ve noticed that since coming to Kids Club, my stress levels are lower and my happiness is higher than ever. Not only does SON Ministries benefit the children it serves, but it also benefits the teens who volunteer there as well. I’ve become really close with the guys and girls I volunteer with and I’ve made several new friendships through volunteering. Overall, I would recommend volunteering in general to anyone, but especially through Kids Club. It truly is something special and I’m so grateful that I get to be apart of it.
At SON Ministries, we build up COMMUNITY one respectful, empowering relationship at a time.