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Through infancy, childhood and adolescence, we are reliant on our caregivers to provide so much and yet they, too, are human with their own developmental stages to work through. Is it possible that in providing care to children, in parenting, we seek to resolve that which was less than optimal in our own lives?

For me, I know this to be true. And as a teacher, I have known my greatest challenge is the hypervigilance associated with wanting to make everything hyper optimal for each child. Over the course of my teaching career, I have found that that impulse can be counter-productive to creating a warm, calm, and engaging classroom that supports learning for each individual in the classroom.

As a child, I struggled with perfectionism. As an adult and as a teacher, I still struggle with perfectionism. It felt like child development heaven, the best possible environment. The classroom had this wonderful air of calm engagement. In part, that may have had to do with the low teacher-student ratios.

However, I think it had more to do with the thoughtful and intentional incorporation of the best of all theories and educational models we study, but especially that of Vygotsky. The mentor must avoid two opposite dangers: Some frustration is permitted, but the learner must be actively engaged, never passive and never overwhelmed.

I could hear it in the phrasing of the teachers in the classroom as they spoke to children as they played, explored, and problem-solved. I was able to see that, as I wrote out the anecdotal records, there were so many different ways that I could have scaffolded better the learning of a particular child I was mentoring.

And yet, I realized that I am also placing myself in a zone of proximal development by taking these classes. Those techniques take time and education to master. For me, this means continuing to take classes in early childhood education and identifying mentors who will support me in learning these skills. In particular, this experiential learning has shown me how very much I have to learn and practice in order to effectively implement scaffolding. Even more so, I am grateful for the encouragement and enthusiastic support of Professor Skemp, sensing in her instruction of this class that she holds us each in our own zone of proximal development.

David Martinez Nutrition Gail Meinhold I was very pleased that I was able to do something in the community through the service learning opportunities program made available to me MiraCosta College. I chose to work with the North County Food Bank because I felt that the work would have some overlap with the curriculum that I was learning in nutrition.

After getting in touch with the volunteer coordinator, Jeremiah Luster, I scheduled an orientation time where I learned all of the ins and outs of the program. I was surprised and impressed with the care that they took in making sure that we knew exactly what was expected of us while we would be volunteering.

I was pleased to find out that instead of just sorting food, we would also be engaging with those who were shopping at the food bank, helping them to fill up grocery carts that were not only nutritionally balanced, but also fit the needs of their family. I remember my first day, when a mom, and her daughter who could not have been more than six years old, came into the food bank. It made me so happy to watch the little girl get to run around the warehouse and pick out food, all while I got to direct her into choosing healthier foods.

It was really at that moment that I felt a connection to the organization's purpose of providing opportunity to those who would not have had it otherwise.

Part of the reason why I enjoyed volunteering at the Food Bank so much was because of the variety of day to day tasks. Generally, a food donation company brings in a shipment of food at the beginning of the day. Then, the volunteers unload the shipment and sort through it, making sure that everything is acceptable, such as proper expiration dates and quality of the food. Almost every time I went in, there was a new project to be done in addition to this routine.

For example, one of the projects that I was assigned involved renovating part of the warehouse. That day we resurfaced shelves, swept floors, scrubbed storage containers and shelves, and organized past shipments. Not only would we organize and clean the warehouse, but we would also assist families and agencies that represented families shopping for food. Throughout the day, we would escort families around the store, helping them select food based on family size.

The dietary guidelines that I learned in nutrition, such as what are the different food groups, helped me to better perform this task as I was able to choose healthier options. Overall, the experience for me was very important because I got to experience firsthand how a few hours out of your day can impact someone else's life in your community. Even though many people are becoming more and more health conscious, as nutrition education has greatly improved, the challenge of access to healthy foods is still an issue that many people face.

The growth of programs such as the North County Food Bank could have a tremendously positive impact on our society by providing both nutritional sustenance and healthier dietary education to those in need. Gwen Williams Gerontology I was given a volunteer handbook that was reviewed thoroughly followed by a tour of the community.

The orientation experience was professional, informative, and welcoming. All of my volunteering at Seacrest Village was with the assisted living residents. My first volunteering experience was an outing, to go shopping and then to lunch with nine elderly Seacrest ladies. I quickly discovered that I was going to have to learn to understand the different personalities of these elderly ladies. Most of them demonstrated some level of dementia.

I have not worked around nor had any exposure to dementia, so it was a new experience. I realized that in order to get a solid response from these ladies they had to ask direct questions.

When we were all at the restaurant it was difficult for some of the ladies to make a decision on what to order. The life enrichment lead gave the ladies with the most difficult time deciding what to order two meal choices. When the ladies decided which of the two meals they wanted, it was ordered. This was my only outing experience, with all the rest of my volunteer service taking place at the Seacrest Village facility calling Bingo and being a helper with art therapy.

Activities for the residents are very important to keep them active and result in social interactions, which ultimately enhances their quality of life. Seacrest Village does a great job providing activities for the assisted living residents. I found that Seacrest Village followed a routine of activities for its assisted living residents; all the activities were held in the same room and on the same floor where their apartments were located. The same activity was held at the same time, on the same day during each week.

Having a routine helps all the residents know what is going on in their community and where they can find the activity. So I would have to explain to them that I was there for art therapy, and they were welcome to join us, but Bingo would be the next day. Art therapy was a small group. My observations were the majority of the ladies that came to art therapy showed varied signs of mild dementia. Watching them was interesting; some of them had a very hard time concentrating on what the picture was or what color s to use.

Some would only use two colors for the whole picture and others would use many colors. The art instructor and I always encouraged and complimented them on their lovely coloring. This always made them smile, and they would eventually agree that they did a good job.

Art therapy is relaxing for them as it gives them a sense of accomplishment both when they finished their art piece and again when they were complimented for making a lovely piece of art. They especially loved it when their art was posted on the art board in the activity room. Bingo is a fun and interactive activity for the residents. It offers social interaction along with cognitive stimulation. I had a nice group of regular players.

Besides getting opportunities to talk one-on-one with the residents, before and after Bingo, it was my favorite activity. It gave me time to interact with the players and learn more about them. I was able to greet them by their name, welcome them to the activity, and offer a positive, fun experience. I believe I was able to add joy to their day by providing a positive and fun activity.

This service project provided a learning experience that reinforced the studies of Gerontology , on caregiving techniques for working with the frail elderly. I observed personalities with dementia, elderly with hearing loss, vision loss, and ambulatory issues. The studies from Gerontology covers all of these situations and many more. My goal is to be the best employable caregiver for the elderly. I am thankful and pleased that I had the opportunity to interact with the staff and residents at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities.

It was a positive experience. I highly recommend that future students take the opportunity to volunteer and make a positive contribution to our communities. Irina Manzhugo Nutrition Gail Meinhold Hunger affects millions of people in the United States, from youth to seniors, which makes it a problem that needs a lot of attention, work and time.

Creation of the food pantry at MiraCosta College was a brilliant idea to help our needy students, our fellow classmates, solve the issue of hunger. Generally lunch consists of a can of vegetables, soup or legumes, and a protein bar or briquette of fruits. These lunches provide the keys of the most important components for a healthy diet such as protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fats, carbohydrates and calcium.

Also, the representatives of the Service Learning Office and the food pantry give information to students about where they can get permanent support with food supplies from different organizations. As a student in a nutrition class, I was more than happy to be given the opportunity to work in the food pantry with Carol Wilkinson for the goal of helping the MiraCosta community by using knowledge gained from nutrition class in my service learning project.

I volunteered as a food assistant with the food pantry at MiraCosta campus once a week, usually Thursdays or Fridays. Before the end of October I was working downstairs where the food storage is located. There I would check the cans for their food expiration dates and put them in the order from farthest to closest expirations dates. This event gives an opportunity to all students, staff and faculty on the MiraCosta campus to donate to the food pantry.

Halloween donation boxes were placed around the campus, where people could leave their canned food donations. During this time I was checking on the boxes because if somebody left a donation in the box I needed to take it to the office.

In the office I was checking expiration dates and which cans were acceptable, I then took them downstairs to the storage room. It is really important to check expiration dates because the food pantry needs to provide healthy, not expired food to MiraCosta college students. Before the food drive, Carol Wilkinson asked me to make a list of the healthiest canned foods of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and soup because some donors were interested in knowing which types of canned foods would be the best to donate to the food pantry.

Through this task I was able to connect knowledge from my nutrition class about finding credible sources of nutritional information and using it in real life. So, I made a list of the healthiest canned food which was based on my research on the internet websites with reliable information. For the Nutrition class, this service learning assignment was valuable and gave me a lot of rewarding experiences.

I learned information about hunger and how this problem is important, about nutrients which are provided in canned foods, about expiration dates and recognition of websites with reliable information. Now I can use this valuable experience in my future because it is really important to understand and realize what kind of food we consume based on GMO injections which helps keep food longer and taste better.

If students are hungry they have a hard time sitting in classrooms and studying. The service learning food pantry provides our students with the ability to help alleviate this problem. It was a good learning experience and it was fun to work with Carol Wilkinson and help her to make the world a little bit better at MiraCosta College.

Return to Table of Contents. Jaime Park Nutrition Three to five cups of fruits and vegetables and at least sixty minutes of exercise per day. Since my move back to California from North Carolina, I have been searching to find a place that suited my passions, a place where I could volunteer. It was led by an amazing organization that would bring in farm fresh fruits and vegetables to the school.

At the market, the kids covered a variety of topics; the different produce and why it was good for them; food safety; about the farms the produce came from; the current drought and how it is affecting us; things we could do to help; and also simple math! It was so wonderful seeing the smiles on their faces and just how excited they got, because they had the power to choose what they wanted to try and experience the sheer excitement of making healthier choices!

I loved being a part of that. There we made up cards with different fruits and vegetables. The children would choose their favorite fruits or vegetables, and we would then show their choices at all of the different schools, using that to advertise what was currently being offered at their salad bars! The kids would get to see their own artwork when they went to lunch.

They loved it and it was great getting them involved. The majority of my time was spent in the classroom. I was fortunate enough to be assigned to the 4th graders of Olive Elementary in Vista. I got to teach nutrition to 4 different classes. They were so excited to have me come in and play games and hear about what new things they got to try and what new activities they did that they never tried before.

The classroom participation was astonishing. With every lesson I would come in and ask about how many cups of fruits and vegetables they should have and how much exercise they should get a day.

By the end they knew it like the back of their little hands! We would go over the different vitamins the different fruits contained and what they did for our bodies. If they didn't like something we got to discuss different, yummy ways they could prepare it so they could look forward to trying it again! It was a great learning experience for them and a great learning experience for me. This service learning helped me realize that this is something even though my hours are complete with the school , I will happily continue doing in my free time.

Lena McMaster Oceanography Introduction to Oceanography Instructor: I really enjoyed volunteering and I plan on volunteering more in the future, specifically at the restoration event on December I feel that I made a difference at both community organizations, because I contributed to preserving the natural habitats that allow the lagoons to sustain and provide food for the various natural species of wildlife.

The tasks that I performed included constructing plant protector cages and planting native trees at the Ford Wildlife Habitat Preserve. The area had been previously infested by eucalyptus introduced to the area during the time that railroads were built eucalyptus trees are used to make railroad ties.

The planted native species were trees such as: The cottonwood provided native people with wood to make shelters and the coastal live oak trees provided acorns as a source of food. The elderberry trees offered fruit for various songbirds.

On another occasion we made seed balls with ml of water, ml of dirt and sand, and ml of seeds. We were instructed to make balls equivalent to the diameter of a quarter. After we used all the supplies we had made 1, seed balls in total. It was fun getting dirty and feeling the raw earth in my hands. The seed balls included narrow leaf milkweed, saltgrass, California blackberry, and desert wild grape seeds.

The last day I attended I removed invasive plants that were degrading the quality of life of various natural plant species and re-established barriers around plants that would allow water to absorb into its roots The constant challenges that both the organizations encounter are maintaining natural plant species that provide shelter and food sources and securing enough funds from the community, organizations, and government agencies to continue serving the public.

The success of replacing native species and removing invasive species is dependent upon the services that volunteers and staff provide. The most interesting aspect of volunteering was learning about the habitat of our native coastal estuaries and their various species. It was really neat being involved in restoration of the native habitat, because we are contributing to the success of the lagoons to flourish.

A couple of the most challenging moments that I encountered was constructing cages out of metal fencing and also collecting large amounts of water from the creek to water the plants that we planted.

Carrying those large water jugs at times seemed almost impossible. I had no idea that I would be exerting so much energy. But, regardless I continued and worked as hard as I could. The best part of all was the great team work that we achieved. It felt so amazing to work as a group in such a positive way. It was very rewarding knowing that I participated in helping such a beautiful segment of our environment.

I realized that there are people who care about the wildlife that gives so much to us. It is touching to know that there are such kind and giving people in the world. By volunteering I learned a wealth of information about the many issues that preserves encounter, especially littering. It was interesting actually visiting estuaries after learning about coastal shores and estuaries. It has always amazed me that all the fresh water sources in North County San Diego eventually end up in the coastal lagoons.

The fresh water then mixes with salt water from the ocean. These environments are very productive, and learning that they create more organic matter than forests of the same size is remarkable. After briefly learning about estuaries, it was neat to see the different habitat types such as shallow open waters, fresh water and salt marshes, swamps, sandy beaches, mud and sand flats, and various types of sea grasses.

There are several species of birds, mammals, and other types of wildlife that live, feed, and reproduce in its habitats. The sediments are filtered out through swamps and salt marshes and create cleaner water that benefit communities of both people and marine life.

They also absorb flood waters and protect upland habitats from extensive flood damage. The water is very dense in nutrients that largely contributes to its high biological productivity. By visiting the lagoons I learned that there are species of plants and animals. Many of these species are rare and endangered.

I was told by the staff that bald eagles are occasionally spotted in the sky around the lagoons. Overall, I am so glad that I did the extra credit assignment that led me to volunteering at both the San Elijo Lagoon and the Batiquitos Lagoon. I had such a great time and it truly was a life changing experience. I have always been interested in native water shed habitats around Southern California because I have spent so much time hiking on trails along native creeks, lakes, and rivers.

I have also taken an environmental biology class and am interested in habitat conservation. While getting to know the group members, I talked to interns who shared their stories. I asked them what their educational backgrounds were and what led them to their intern positions.

I have always considered pursuing a job in environmental biology. But, only the future will tell what I finally decide to pursue in the path that hopefully leads to my lifetime career. Luna Yager Sociology Introduction to Sociology Instructor: Observing the students over the past three months has caused me to ponder over how young people mature and what influences them on a daily basis.

It was easy to see that although the seniors were only two grade levels above the sophomores, the two groups differed greatly in maturity. The group of fifteen year olds, although bright, demonstrated immense insecurities when it came to applying their knowledge. Most of the students within the class seized any opportunity to avoid school work, often acting silly or purposefully straying from the in class topic or assignment. When forced to present to the class on specific chapters of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin, the students seemed afraid to demonstrate their intelligence to their peers.

The students feel judged by their peers and seek always to maintain a balance between acting too smart or acting too foolish. The students realize that their peers are judging them, and they behave accordingly. They act silly together, confused together, and they sympathize with one another.

I noticed when Mrs. Owen spoke to the class, oft-times the students whispered to each other and ignored her, and occasionally they talked over her.

However, when a peer presented to the class, all the students hushed, realizing their turns would come shortly thereafter. The relationship between Mrs. Owen and the seniors, as well as the seniors with each other, is very different from the sophomores. The seniors, approaching college, have embraced the responsibility they have to their own education, and generally they demonstrate a desire to prove themselves intellectually to their teacher and to their peers.

They participated with much greater enthusiasm in book discussions with Mrs. Owen, and they conversed with each other with equal excitement. The differences between these two groups helped me to realize how much other people influence the way we think of ourselves and how we behave.

The tenth graders still feel and act like children, not realizing how close they are to life outside of high school. This fear influences them to participate less, direct questions only at their teacher, and engage in off-topic discussions with classmates during activities. The twelfth graders, on the other hand, are beginning to feel their proximity to their future lives and are accruing knowledge to prepare themselves.

They purposefully involve each other in stimulating discussions, practicing for college life and for the work force. The lasting impression that this service learning experience has had on me, is the importance of understanding the impact our circumstances have on us.

Although some of the differences in maturity between the tenth and twelfth graders is purely determined by age, a portion of it is also the influence of peer pressure. Young people are unsure of themselves in almost every situation. They feel insecure and unprepared, constantly striving for the approval of their families and friends.

Their growth into mature respectable, young adults is heavily influenced by the condition of their environment. Paloma Marquez Nutrition This assignment was appealing to me because helping those in need is something that I have always enjoyed, and other classmates who had volunteered there talked about how much they had learned from the experience they had there.

Obviously, because I was doing it for my nutrition class, nutrition had to be front and center in my volunteering services. It took her a while to get back to me so I had to call back to make sure she received my phone call. Then, she told me to show up at 6: We talked about incorporating nutrition into volunteering so in comparison to most of the volunteers who are there for the social aspect, I had the chance to help on the serving line, be the coffee girl, and bake healthy cookies for them towards the end.

I was asked to serve food in the service line. The service line consists of different stations with different kinds of food such as sandwiches, juice, fruits salad, dairy products, etc. Their orange ticket entitled them to a meal of the day plus milk and yogurt to go. They could take home one egg carton per ticket and could get a lunch which had a sandwich, juice, some type of fruit and vegetable, and lastly, eggs, mashed potatoes, gravy, and bread at the end. Then they would get an orange tray where their meal of the day could which gave them the option of getting some fruit salad, some type of dairy product; in addiotion they could get both milk and yogurt to go.

Then they could get one egg carton per person with two to three prepackaged foods plus a pastry. On Saturday, the same type of food was given out except they had spaghetti for lunch instead of eggs. People were allowed to go through the line times each morning.

I came to notice that most of them did not like fruits or vegetables and always found a way around them but loved pastries and always wanted to take more. When I served on the food line, people would often ask me if the food was high in protein or to give them high protein foods.

Women usually asked for salads and a lot of packaged fruits and vegetables, and I often heard them say they needed to be careful choosing what they eat. People even brought in their own cups that were bigger than the ones given so they could put more coffee in.

On my last day volunteering, I brought in oatmeal cookies that I baked myself. They were healthy oatmeal cookies with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, and some had raisins. Going in to volunteer that day I honestly thought that many people would not want cookies, but to my surprise everyone did.

As I offered the cookies people would look at the cookie for a while but decided to take one anyway. Some people even whispered that they were healthy but good, which made me laugh. Men, women, and kids liked them, and they were a success. I ran out of cookies in thirty minutes or so. I learned choices are very important, especially when a load of food is placed right in front of you.

However, a lot of this is due to the fact that many of them are homeless or very poor, and all they want is food in their system. I have learned how important it is to make the right food choices to better your health after observing some people making unhealthy choices.

Raquel Alto English John Kirwan Do not be afraid of sudden terror nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes. For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. For years I repeated this verse to myself in the dead of night as shivers ran down my spine and goose bumps covered every inch of my body. On the nights I would be awakened by terrible nightmares I would cover my body head to toe with my blanket leaving enough room to stick my nose through a hole and breathe.

I always found comfort in the fact that morning would break and the sun would rise emitting a soft warmth to erase my fears. For me they were simply nightmares, bad dreams that would never matter but for others bad dreams and nightmares don't come in the night, they come at any time of day. This local non-profit organization assists Hispanic women with issues associated with domestic violence. Before I stepped foot in the agency, I had never taken time to properly inform myself about domestic violence and the affect it has on marriages, but as I built friendships with the women who attended Las Valientes weekly support meetings, my heart grew and I found it significantly harder to leave after every meeting.

Thursdays nights became special, magical even, where age, culture, and beliefs did not exist. Four light brown walls shielded and separated us from a world that held cruel obstacles and scary confrontations. At first glance, it was not your typical playroom. Chairs in a deep shade of blue were lined up in a circle which gave a serious air to the room making the toys that were piled up in a comer seem out of place. No children were in sight and the youngest people in the group were older teens, but on the fourth night Blanca and her three children walked in.

The youngest ran the show from the moment she walked in. I like to call her Dora, with her black shiny hair sitting above her shoulders and her bangs covering the tips of her long eyelashes. Her stubby legs carried her from toy to toy as we played in the waiting room, and her tiny hands grabbed lego after lego. As I watched her skim her fingers across every toy available I could overhear her mom telling the story that brought little Dora into my life.

The mom had been wrongfully imprisoned on two different occasions, held in a prison that also housed murderers. She had fled the iron grip of her husband only to return a few months later and then leave once and for all only weeks before we met her. As she told her story and I played with the kids in the other room, tears streamed down her cheeks and her voice broke after every few words. Anger and frustration seeped out of her, and the women who knew exactly what she was going through did their very best to fill her void with love and compassion.

In that playroom every woman was perfectly imperfect and loved beyond words. Lifelong friendships developed within seconds upon greeting one another, and years of repressed emotions oozed out of every woman's pores.

My main concern, at the start of my service learning, was the lack of resources available to immigrants in our community, but as I hugged the women who walked through the door I realized one of the most crucial resources they lacked was friendship.

Attending these meetings introduced me to a world where friendship is nonexistent, where husbands threaten and abuse their wives however their mood dictates, including restricting contact with family, friends, and even sons and daughters.

To me daylight was my friend, the bible verse was my friend, and together they guided me out of my nightmares, but the women at these meetings had no friend to guide them out of their nightmares.

In fact they lived day to day walking in their nightmares many of them eagerly awaiting the morning, some already beginning to soak up some sun. What holds them together now are the friendships that they have built amongst each other.

Valerie Hawley Nutrition I chose this department because a friend and coworker works in the free and reduced lunch department.

She loves her job, so I thought it would be perfect to learn all about it, and get a foot in the door. I love broadening my horizons!! When I chose this work site I assumed I would be working at the nutrition department site simply processing paperwork and learning how the school lunch program operates.

Boy, was I surprised at where I ended up and what I ended up doing She was wonderful and promptly responded to my email. We met and got the paperwork going to set up for the service learning registration. I was able to fill out the background check paper needed to work at the schools and was approved right away. I was scared to death but quickly accepted the invitation. She gave me the work books we would be going over so that I could prepare and get a feel for what I would be doing.

My work site was at Maryland Elementary School and I would be teaching along with three teachers twice a week. I was terrified as the start date approached but once I began, I was quickly calmed and reassured by the children that I was doing great. They were wonderful to teach and so willing to learn and even try new things. The teachers were all very supportive, helpful, and reassuring, and I appreciated my opportunity working with them. I had never taught a day in my life, and it was so awesome to hear one teacher tell me how good at it I was and to learn that teaching is a daily learning experience.

I learned a lot about myself and my genuine joy of teaching kids. I learned that kids really do want to learn and are eager and interested in learning about food and the benefits of nutrition for the body. They were so enthusiastic when we did the activities and were so willing to eat healthier alternatives and dump the junk! I made sure to let the kids know how proud of them I was for their willingness to open their minds about trying new food.

I was happy to hear that, for the most part, the kids are all pretty active. This experience was majorly life changing. I have decided to change majors from Sociology to Nutrition. I want to teach kids about nutrition because I believe that the younger they are taught the better chance they have at believing and using the knowledge.

I think kids are more open-minded and eager to learn. I have become more and more passionate about nutrition and how food really is medicine.

I want to end this saying that the service learning experience was the best and greatest opportunity one could get. I appreciate MiraCosta for offering it and I pray it is always there for future students to experience. Van Nguyen Nursing Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor: Mary Wright I have had a great experience with the Carlsbad by the Sea retirement home for the past week.

It is a private, not-for-profit, licensed continuing care retirement community which focuses on serving seniors age fifty and over as individuals and families.

The community is divided into three main categories: I was helping in the activity department, assisting with the transfer of residents from the activity room to the dining room or to go outside by the beach area. I learned a lot from the service learning experience; how to perform a safety transferring residents in a wheelchair; consideration for their physical disabilities; how important it is to fulfill their emotional needs in addition to their physical comfort i.

What I liked the most from this experience is how the residents and the staff here treat each other with dignity and respect. Everyone here always greets others with a sweet smile and treat each other in a very friendly and nice manner.

Angel Ibarra English Whittinghill Budgeting, education, and economic development are all examples of multiple challenges that cities have to overcome on a yearly basis. In , the city of Vista was facing a rise of homelessness when focusing on families out on the streets. With the support of neighboring cities and local churches, Vista community members were able to address this issue by establishing a shelter known as Operation Homeless Outreach Providing Encouragement HOPE with the intent of providing a safe haven for homeless families, and single women, and equip them with the proper resources to become independent.

I dedicated two weeks of volunteering for this organization and have learned how successful it has come to be over the years, and the powerful impact that it has on the families. Ultimately, the staff of Operation HOPE-Vista do a phenomenal job utilizing the resources provided to them in order to supply families with the essential services.

The shelter and resources will further assist the City of Vista with countering the rise in homelessness that its community faces. By having a solid foundation Operation HOPE-Vista was finally able to fully implement its guidelines and values to the shelter. The main objective for Operation HOPE-Vista is to help homeless families with young children, specifically single mothers. In order to accomplish this goal, the shelter has a recovery program that consist of allowing families to live in the shelter for over sixty days, and during this time period the shelter offers workshops to the mothers which will teach them important skills that will assist them in finding jobs and improve other aspects of their lives.

For example, the shelter will coordinate with outside sources that will come to shelter and deliver classes to the mothers that will teach them how to write a resume, how to dress and interact in an interview, how to repair their credit, financial management, and many more important skills that are required in the job field. To further push the envelope, the shelter will contact local business such as Goodwill and set job interviews for the mothers to increase their chances of obtaining a job Tom.

Not only do the mothers receive lessons on job searching, but also in medical care. Staff members from the Vista Community Clinic will come once a week to shelter and perform check-ups on the children and mothers, followed by giving any medical advice that families may need as well as teaching lesson on proper eating habits and nutrition.

Furthermore, tutoring is held every day of the week for the kids in order to help them with any issues that they may be facing with homework. All of these services and many others that Operation HOPE-Vista has to offer have a significant impact on the lives of the families that will help them get back to their normal lives, which will not only accomplish the goals of Operation HOPE-Vista but as well as the families'.

Most of the times the reason why families are homeless is due to job loss, bills piling up, and being unable to pay rent, which forces them onto the streets. With this being said, the shelter acknowledges these issues that families have had in the past and are able to create individual case management plans for each family to move forward with regaining their independence.

Through my time of volunteering I was able to witness the gradual impact that the shelter has on the families. When I arrived I was directed to the common room where all of the families were gathered around to eat dinner.

The adults were quiet and reserved since it was their first time eating with one another and it takes time to get comfortable with meeting new faces. But, on the other hand the kids were loud, energetic, and more willing to interact with one another. After dinner was over the parents went off to a classroom to attend a workshop, which left me with the responsibility of taking care of children and running activities to keep them entertained.

Initially this was completely manageable since I only had to take care of three kids who were well behaved, but things became hectic when a group of four young brothers arrived late to the shelter. My situation immediately turned to a whirlwind of laughter, cries, and yelling that came from the seven kids.

Each kid wanted to do a different activity such as reading, playing with blocks, or playing tag. At first it was a bit difficult to make everyone happy, but luckily reinforcements came to my aid when another volunteer arrived to the scene with face paint.

As a result, both my partner and I were successful at taking care of the kids. Once the workshop was over, the parents returned to the common room in order to get their children ready for bed and end the day. With the first day of volunteering being completed it gave an idea of the routine that I was going to encounter in the upcoming days. By the third day of volunteering I was getting better at taking care of the kids and talking to the parents.

I would eat dinner with the families and get well acquainted with them on a personal level, which was a great feeling because the parents would let me know that they are happy and comfortable with me watching over their kids.

With the approval of the parents I had gained the confidence to take care of the kids, which helped me tremendously on my last day of volunteering since there were more families that were admitted to shelter, and that meant that I would be taking care of more kids. I became responsible for a total of twelve kids that were between the ages of four through eleven.

I was well prepared to take care of them this time around since I planned out which games to run such as freeze tag, red-light green-light, Simon says, and many more.

Check Whether You Take It Clearly Before you can do anything concerning this article, you need to be able to define it. So, what is a reflective essay? The essay focuses on a topic that describes you appropriately. The audience expects to find an account of your life in a specific timeline. Your instructor may ask you to reflect various emotions, feelings, and memories.

These considerations ought to be interesting and appealing to the reader. This attribute of your work is crucial. If your work is not exciting, your audience will tend to get bored leading to a possibility of your work being shoved aside. You have to take a trip down the memory lane and provide a straight-forward account of particular events, feelings, and happenings.

Pick the most appropriate words and phrases to help you convey your thoughts efficiently. Use the dictionary to get a list of vocabulary for this purpose. This essay stands out for one reason; it is a personal type of article hence is quite close to the heart of the writer. You will have to factor in various aspects of your life to write an excellent piece. Illustrate the different feelings you had during the specific time of your life in question.

For instance, you may have to inform the reader on how you have changed since childhood. Alternatively, you could explain how you played with friends during your childhood while providing a review of the same as the current you. Your instructor may also request you to write articles touching on various political and social issues.

Of course, your mind is filled with such recollections. However, you may not be in a position to recall the details of each memory to an adequate level. Therefore, take some ample time to ponder on the same to remember events well. Furthermore, you should adopt a personalized way of writing to achieve effects such as clarity, readability, and positivity. Make your work more authentic and personal.

Share various happy moments in your life with the reader.

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Service Learning Project - I volunteered at the Activity Center for my Service Learning project. My duties were to watch the kids who participated in the after school program, play with them and help them with their home homework.

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Reflective essays can focus on personal development, academic connections to the course content, or ideas and recommendations for future action. As with any essay, criteria can be Service-Learning Contracts and Logs - Service-learning contracts formalize the learning and service objectives for the course. Students, in collaboration with.

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For my Service Learning Project I took the opportunity to volunteer with North County Lifeline (NCL) which is a local nonprofit organization that helps low income families and children in need in the North County San Diego area. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach .

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