Week 7- End of BGCC Summer Program

I have begun to interview the BGCC summer fellows.  The compassion and devotion demonstrated by the words of the fellows has been inspirational.  As a person who does not work with the BGCC year-round, I have a deep understanding of how this work influences people.  People in youth development are not only positively influencing the kids in which they serve; they are also being positively influenced in their personal and professional development.  This is the ideal model of service-learning.

This is something that is parallel to the work at the Columbus Foundation and one of the reasons I decided to study community partner led service-learning programs.  Fellows learn as they work, and make a major difference in the community.  I know my research will support the BGCC in recruiting and retaining excellent staff members who want to make a difference WITH (not for) our community.

These are my reflections at the end of the BGCC summer program.  I still have 3 more weeks to make an impact.  I look forward to collecting and preparing the data in a manuscript/ report format.  My impact will reside in my ability to articulate the experiences of the BGCC fellows.

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