"My experience with Head Start has benefited me and opened my eyes to the impact I can have on my community. I have only gotten the chance to participate in the YVCKC Head Start. The less fortunate often are overlooked because of the way our society shelters us to think our world is "perfect." Volunteering in an area that really appreciates the time which we put forth. Head Start supplies a day care for close to [im]poverished families. Without Head Start, these families would not be able to go to work because they have to watch their kids. Head Start also provides educational tools to help the kids have a jump start when going to preschool. I am ever so grateful for the way YVC has changed my perspective on volunteering and the way I live my life."
-Tiffany Dattel, age 16
"My experience here has really opened my eyes in many different ways. I have been able to get to know many kids and watch them grow and learn more throughout the year. I've gotten close to each and every one of them as well as the teachers. This is an opportunity that I'm very thankful for, and I wouldn't trade the memories I've made and the relationships for anything."
-Caroline De Coursey, age 15
"I am so glad I got the opportunity to volunteer at Head Start KC this past season! It surprised me how much energy you had to put in to entertain the kids--even by just keeping up with them. I'm going to miss my classroom kids and I hope to be able to come back to volunteer again sometime in the future. This experience has let me be a kid again and appreciate the simple things in life that the children here get so much happiness from. I will be graduating high school this week and being at Head Start creates a really bittersweet feeling within me--I can't believe it's all over. Thanks YVCKC, for letting me escape the real world every Tuesday at Head Start KC!"
-Holly Chestnut, age 18
A few of our after-school volunteers at Head Start took some time to reflect on their experience with YVCKC this year. Our "After-School Projects" require the same group of volunteers to serve at a particular agency each week. This offers a unique experience for volunteers where they are able to connect and build a deeper relationship with the people they serve. Read the stories below to see the impact these projects have on our volunteers.
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