For one week this summer, a young man named Jeff served at Henderson’s summer program. Be a part of his experience by hearing it from his point of view.
A student works on word problems during Summer Adventures with Club Christ Ministries
As part of the Group Week of Hope Mission Trip Program, my “crew,” consisting of myself and five others, was assigned to work at Club Christ Henderson Center for a week. After being read a brief description of the program, I was incredibly nervous and apprehensive about the upcoming few days. I was afraid that I would not do well teaching and playing games with the children.
Instead, what I found was a place that helped me to understand how to work with children and understand their needs. Each child is given one-on-one attention for math, reading and writing in an intuitive and interactive way that fits their needs. Volunteers are allowed to choose the area they want to work in with the kids to better reflect the volunteers’ strengths as well.
For example, I was on a team with another volunteer to teach math and writing skills to the kids. By the end of the first day at the program, I had been given the nickname “Mr. Math.” And it stuck!
Such nicknames are one of the clearest ways to show the energy and eagerness of the children, as well as their incredible friendliness. The highlight of my trip was when one of the children saw me walking up to the door at the beginning of the day. He opened up the front door and came running to me saying, “Mr. Math! Mr. Math! Can we pleeeeease do some math today?” When that happened, I experienced something far beyond what I can comprehend. To have a child so excited about learning—especially learning from you—is incredible.
At the end of the day, there’s not enough I can say about Club Christ. The organization and focus are rivaled only by the care and attention given to the children. Never before have I had thought about working somewhere like this, and I wish I didn’t have to leave. But, I am now dedicated to finding something like this to keep donating my time to.