As a teen, my summers usually tend to be filled with many unique experiences. Experiences of which I would like to share with you. After school had finished, I had quite a few summer camps planned out, to aid my upcoming school year. These for example were english, math and science classes. As I had taken the hardest level on all these courses, preparation was quite needed. Yet, I was actually really excited to get started with an initiative I had started 2 years ago, The Sprouting Youth Foundation. The Sprouting Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that teaches kids of all ages STEM and public speaking. These classes were usually conducted in the summer. Since finals had taken quite a bit of my time, I wasn’t able to do anything for the foundation’s summer classes during the school year. I was in a time crunch and had less time to gather students and tutors. These two weeks were probably the most stressful part of my summer. Advertising and the overall outcome of students had also been something that stressed me out. What if enough people didn’t show up, what if many people signed up but some couldn’t fulfill the time commitment at the end, or how am I going to make sure everyone pays so we receive enough funding? These were all questions I had, and were quickly answered as I progressed through the summer. The main influx of students was from an email I sent the district’s elementary school parents, and there were a large number of people who joined. Even though the programs were a huge success (70 students and 7 tutors), I had definitely learned not to repeat this sticky situation again. Yet this is a learning curve, and I’m happy I took that curve early on. A surprising factor was that a few people had actually signed up out of state, and we had to send the kits to them through the postal office. Since we weren’t expecting a large outcome, we thought that we could deliver them all by ourselves. Yet after the first classes had started, it was smooth sailing from there. Overall, I can say that the kids we were working with were actually really expressive and not shy at all. It was great teaching them.
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