My name is Jonathan and I love volunteering at The San Ysidro Education Vanguard Foundation! I volunteer two hours weekly with a group of wonderful children. These children are always happy and ready to take on new robotic challenges every week.
One of the main reasons why I decided to volunteer at the SYEVF is because I wanted to inspire children. The reason why I want to inspire children is because I know that it can be real difficult for children to aspire to their dreams and become great people. I’ve lived and grown in San Ysidro and I understand how easy it is to lose inspiration without having any real guidance and to end up following wrong paths. Currently, I want to pursue a career in teaching, and help children find meaning and passion in their lives.
The children I work with are always excited and always looking forward to building and experimenting with the lego robotics. I can’t even begin to explain how much potential these children have and how much they have already grown in such a short amount of time. I see that mentoring these children has a profound impact in their lives and future.
One child specifically, named Michael (name changed), was someone who didn’t essentially understand how LEGO robotics worked. He became frustrated very quickly trying to build the robots. The first two sessions, he didn’t have any motivation to learn robotics and wasn’t having much fun with the other children either. He would throw legos at the ground out of frustration and got distracted very easily, always wanting to go outside..
After working closely with him and mentoring him with patience, he was able to understand, grow, and learn all about robotics. Michael is now very happy, more active, and gets along very well with the other children. Now, at the end of our sessions, he always comes over and waves us goodbye and says with a great smile, “I’ll see you next week, okay?”
It’s incredibly heart-warming to mentor these children. I’ve learned with these children, laughed with these children, became friends with these children. Connecting with them and seeing them smile is one of the greatest gifts a mentor could receive.
I ask from the bottom of my heart, to give what you can so we can continue to mentor these children and provide us volunteers an experience we will always remember and cherish.