AmeriCorps This Week #1

Money Makers

They say you learn something new every day and this Wednesday was no exception.  This Wednesday marked the launch of the “Money Makers” job club at the Boys & Girls Club of Johnston County.  The idea behind the “Money Makers” (which the kids named) is to teach the youth at the club the importance of having a plan for their future, whether that plan includes going to college, opening their own business, playing in the NFL or going straight from high school into the job market.

The “Money Makers” will meet every other Wednesday for the next 14 weeks and discuss a plethora of topics including but not limited to, what it takes to reach your dreams, how to write your resume to get your dream job, what to wear and what not to wear on your interview and how to keep your dream job once you start.  We are also planning on having a guest speaker or two, and possibly taking a few field trips (while the kids are out of school) so the kids get some firsthand knowledge on what careers are out there.

During my time with the “Money Makers” I was surprised and captivated at how thorough and concise the kids were with regards to their futures, especially since I am still trying to figure mine out!


Getting There

I’m not entirely sure where I’m going with this entry, so I’m just going to start writing…

So you know that uneasy feeling you get whenever you’re new to a place. There’s something about that feeling of uncertainty about everything and everyone around you that makes you feel unsure… I mean you don’t want to step on someone’s toes, so you’re overly polite to everyone in every situation. Over time you start seeing what little things you can get away with, but you’re careful not to overstep some boundaries. Then one day, you kind of just get used to the flow of things around the office and things get comfortably complicated. The things that bother don’t bother you anymore. The things that you tolerated before become intolerable. You believe you know how things will play out and they do for the most part. This can make things mundane, but the second something interesting happens you’re on red alert. Afterwards, you become a stronger person. Then you complain because there’s not enough to do, you complain because there’s too much to do and you come to terms that you can never really be satisfied. I know it’s a mess, and I think we could all work on it.



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