On Thursday, I had the pleasure of working with the campers who have completed 3rd grade and above in opening up their very own restaurant. With this exciting opportunity, I got to see young entrepreneurs working in a real life situation. These children worked as head chefs, cooks, waiters and waitresses,and even restaurant managers. Our site leader, Mr. Art put me in charge of being the expediter. With this position, I was responsible for making sure that everything that went out of the kitchen was exactly the way it was ordered by the customers.
I have decided to write my blog about The Cookout because it was such a unique idea to put such young individuals through a tough, yet valuable experience. The restaurant taught the children important lessons regarding patience, hard work, and leadership and this is what stood out to me the most. They were forced to communicate with real customers who may have been intimidating to some. They also had to have the courage to take charge and correct any mistakes anyone made. Lastly, they learned the value of hard work and the rewarding feeling it gives. I was really impressed that even at a young age, these children are being taught lessons that are important in the real world once they become adults and have to face the business world on their own. I believe putting kids in more situations like the restaurant will really prepare them and give them a broader insight on the world ahead of them.
I would like to close out my blog by thanking SON Ministries, my mentors, and leaders (green shirts) at the Hilliard Horizon PM site for giving me the chance to volunteer with so many children and work with so many adults. This internship has allowed me to learn more and more things about the young people in Hilliard every day and more and more things about myself. Lastly, I’d like to end my blog post by inviting anyone reading to become a part of the SON Ministries team. I encourage any teen reading this post to become a volunteer at the SON Ministries Summer Lunch Camp sites. It is truly an exciting experience that teaches you important lessons every day. And for all adults reading my post that aren’t already a part of SON, I challenge you to also join SON Ministries. It is a team that you won’t regret joining!