I was first introduced to GapBuster in 2001, when I was a 5th grader attending Forest Knolls Elementary School. And since have been an active member with the program, volunteering at local food drives, clothing giveaways, acting as a guest speaker, counseling at summer camps and I currently mentor/teach during the after school program. GapBuster placed an emphasis on exploration, thinking and learning. Education took place in as well as outside of the classroom by way of traveling and field trips and other unique and interactive activities. A family environment was established way back when, which made it easy to return to the program after finishing school in order to contribute.
Many kids attend the program, and just as I looked up to and modeled after the older counselors when I was a 5th grader, the tables have turned, an now I am acting as the role model for the younger kids. Helping them see that the after school program is a means of preparation, an investment for their future. We as young adults bridge the gap with the youngers and assist them in developing productive learning habits, and character traits in the present, while relating how the work they are engaging in now will positively impact their futures. As of now while I am waiting to hear back from physical therapy schools I am developing a movement education program for youth with mental disabilities as well as a senior fitness class for those in the DC metropolitan area.