Submitted by chrystal001 on Mon, 07/30/2012 - 2:12pm. Summertime Science
It is hard to believe that summer break is coming to an end. This summer was many things--fun, challenging, at times, tiring, and by far one of the most memorable. Not only did I get the chance to meet some of the most genuine and caring people here at YES, but I was also able to befriend them and get to know them in depth. Through the past five weeks, my co-workers and I have developed a closeness that cannot be disrupted by the occasional disagreements and clashes in opinions; we have learned to work through it, to compromise, or even agree to disagree. Personally, I have learned so much through the program, especially from our supervisor and my co-workers who have taught me much more than what can be learned from a textbook. It has been an absolute pleasure working alongside my co-workers--friends,peers, confidants, brothers and sisters--overcoming challenges together, laughing together, playing together, and learning together. I will always cherish the memories of this summer at YES.
Submitted by chrystal001 on Mon, 07/09/2012 - 1:30pm. Summertime Science
The past month and a half as a YES teen has been an enriching experience. Here at YES, we not only teach, but we are taught--to respect one another, to be a leader when needed, and at other times, to be a team player, to be open and willing, and to always have a positive attitude. We are challenged to step out of our comfort zones; during my first week at YES, I was reluctant to get involved, and it was somewhat difficult adapting to the new environment with new faces. But after a few weeks, I grew closer to the members in my component, and we were able to freely be ourselves without the fear of being judged or criticized. Once we grew more comfortable with each other, we were able to help and support one another, helping each other work on his or her weaknesses and to put our strengths to work. Once we began working with the kids from visiting camps, we were faced with new challenges: figuring out how to keep them engaged, learning how to make the activites more fun and exciting, and making sure that at least one kid walked out of the room declaring that he or she learned something new. We worked to make the most of the brief hour we spend with each group, and we continue to do so today. Personally, I was challenged to take a stand as a leader and support my fellow YES teens, providing my help and assistance where needed. At the same time, my teammates were there for me when I needed their assistance. We are constantly working to improve ourselves, whether it may be our leadership skills, social skills, or public speaking skills.