This is a 6-month long program meant to reach out to the SLA Middle School students and help them acclimate to the core values and the expectations that come along with going to an SLA school. We would be helping them with social issues that come along with being older and working with other students, which is encouraged by our collaboration value and aiding them with any academic issues they may come across. Essentially, the mentors would be playing a big brother/big sister role and working to help improve relations with the mentees throughout the program. This program will help build ties with our sister school and also teach them how they, too, can help the community around them. I wanted to extend this to kids in the SLA community that had no one else to help them. This program helped to make kids who weren´t comfortable talking to other kids, comfortable and willing to engage with their classmates. This program helped to encourage kids to try their best even if they fail a couple of times before they make it. This program was created to give the rising students of the SLA community a place to go and feel like themselves, to be guided, to be listened to, to create bonds.
For my senior capstone I worked with Tajanae Smith and Samihah Maven in assist to Ms. Houwen. We helped put together the entire junior prom. This includes making the venue, finding the location of the prom, picking a theme, gathering decorations, creating the student’s tickets, etc. The process was not easy but it all turned out well in the end. I arrived at Science Leadership Academy during my junior year of high school, I knew not one single thing about a capstone so I had no idea of what I’d do during my senior year. Thankfully Tajanae asked if I’d be willing to partner up with her and Samihah for the capstone. Initially I thought it was a great idea and it would be something fun to see come to life. I then realized, throughout the process that it was not as fun as I thought it would be, whereas it took a lot of time and work. The juniors prom date is May 18th, that being today. Due to the grace of god everything came through successfully causing me to be very much pleased with the outcome of my senior capstone. I learned a lot from the process alone, when creating a big of event as prom you have to be really “hands on” with everything you do in order ensure that the people attending the event have a good time. You need to be responsible, have the skills of leadership, communication, organization, etc. I’m proud of the outcome.
For my capstone I worked with a student who has ASD. Every Thursday I would go and talk to him, play charades, draw, and even just do check ins. As time went on I started enjoying the time spent with the student so my time with him increased to twice a week. I started keeping a record of the different things I did with him and different drawings that were made. I love helping others and when I come in and help this particular student I am able to help him feel comfortable in his own community. I know how hard it is making friends and to socialize with people and that needs to be changed.
When I first met the student I actually thought it would be difficult working with him because I myself am shy even after being apart of this community for 4 years so I know how he feel for his first year. I still get shy but working with this student has been a pleasure because we both have been stepping out of our comfort zone with each other by playing charades and acting different things out with one another, by showing our art skills and even just making conversation about how our week has been. Many people don’t know what ASD is or what having autism means so here is my awareness presentation on what ASD is, effects of having ASD, different types and the relationship it has with social skills.