Hannah Rodriguez, PT Corps Member at Walnut Hill UMC
Project Transformation is helping me prepare for the future because I want to be an elementary school teacher! Growing up, I always knew I wanted to make a difference whether it be volunteering some way in church or in my community. When I was told about this awesome program, I was more than ecstatic! It’s a place where I learn about classroom management skills and the importance of celebrating diversity. I can practice with curriculum, build relationships with my fellow PT Corps Members (college-age young adult leaders), and work with my kiddos for the summer.
If I had gone anywhere else this summer, I don’t think I would be ready for my career or even student teaching. I am being immersed into this whole new world and learning more than I could have possibly imagined. I thank God every day for the chance to serve others because it makes me feel like I have truly found my vocation.
It is so neat to see what these kids can do with a piece of paper and a couple of crayons and just to witness what the kiddos are doing as they grow. For example, I was leading the “Young Artists” rotation one Thursday morning and we instructed the kids to draw themselves as a pirate. One of the fifth graders had the idea to draw himself as a “superhero pirate”. He did not have an explanation, but I have a feeling that he has the confidence to believe he can do whatever he wants to do with his life. I never thought to put those two (pirate and superhero) together, but he did! I believe Project Transformation has helped instill that confidence in him and helped him see how much potential he has! For this reason and more, I hope to stay involved with this program for years and years to come.