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So, let's do something about it!
Originally Posted by Mike Estep
One of the best ways I've found of putting knowledge into action is teaching.
I totally agree that being a teacher makes one a better student. In the realm of PD - what better way than to be a mentor and role model?
I just applied online to be a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
mentoring program. They ask for a minimum commitment of: 1 year, 8 hours/month of one-on-one time with an under-privileged child. I still need to go through an intensive 1.5 hour interview, 2 hours training, and a background check.
These children come from a world where negativity, under-achievement, and low self-esteem is rampant. Now, I've pulled myself up from massive trauma and post-traumatic stress through PD...but being a role model for a child is a totally different level. Instead of being internal, I have to be external. I have to truly walk-the-walk.
Am I ready for it? I don't know, but I'll never know until I try.
What has everyone else done?
Edited to add: There is also Big Brothers Big Sisters of America