Blog post by Grace Haynes, Counselor for Summer YDA
This week at camp I had a blast. Each week I grow closer, and closer to my kids. Each one is so unique, and different in their own way. Although I am their counselor, I sometimes find myself learning more from them than they are from me. When you see a kid who is different, but very confident, and proud of who they are, despite what others say, it is inspiring. Some of the kids in my group are going to be great future leaders, and artists.
One of my favorite activities at camp this week was the tribal art. I loved the idea behind the tribal art. There were many different signs that communicated messages of unity, and coming together. I thought it was such a powerful message that transformed into an art lesson. All of the kids were very excited when it was their time to be painted, and overall they learned an important message in a cool, unique way. I thought it was awesome that Sharefest was able to provide such an opportunity for all 200 plus kids.
It just shows how much Sharefest cares for the kids, and their experience here at the Summer Youth Development Academy.
Throughout Summer YDA I have had the opporunity to get very close to a couple of the kids in my group, as well as outside of it. One kid that always sticks around is my friend Umma. I first met Umma last week, and now we have become really close. It was funny, because when we first met we automatically clicked, then later on we found out that my mother was her teacher. We were both really shocked, and Umma almost stopped liking me because she said my mother was mean, ha ha. But eventually, she confessed that she loves, and misses my mother. Umma touches my heart a lot. Even though she is part of a special education program, her intelligence proves other wise. She is very smart, and she she is absolutely hilarious. She always has something very funny to say, and makes my day at Summer YDA so much more fun. My goal is to get her to swim by the end of camp. I would love to see her in the water.
I still cannot believe we are already half way through Sharefest Summer YDA. I still remember being at the orientation thinking "this is all just beginning."
I feel so blessed to work for Sharefest's Summer YDA, and everyday I find some sort of inspiration from the kids, and those around me to feed off of. I can't wait to see what else Sharefest Summer YDA has in store!