My name is Laura Jones, and I am a 3rd year undergraduate at UVA. I’ve been mentoring with Enrichment Place through the Enrichment Alliance of Virginia since my 1st year of college. It has been an extremely rewarding experience. Every Monday afternoon we have children come to our program from many different backgrounds, some with cognitive or mental disabilities, others who are typically developing, yet each with a unique personality and talents to bring to our group. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the children.
Whether it be through putting on a puppet show, playing imaginative games with animal figurines, making paper dolls, or exploring nature, being a mentor for these kids has taught me patience, creativity, humility, and appreciation of the specialness of each child no matter their circumstance. They have an extraordinary curiosity and find joy in the pleasures of life and learning about the world around them, plus they can just be so funny!
Becoming a mentor I thought I would be the one teaching and guiding the children, though I’ve found I’ve learned so much myself about what it means to learn, laugh, grow, and come into your own identity.
Posted by guest blogger, Laura Jones, Enrichment Alliance of Virginia volunteer.
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