This summer the CLUES Paso a Paso program had the privilege of hosting two wonderful STEP-UP Interns, who worked closely with our Paso a Paso–Creando Juntos students. One of our interns, Stephania, won STEP-UP Discover Intern of the year and got to accept her award from former mayor RT Rybak at the Guthrie Theater! Congratulations Stephania!
Here, Stephania shares her reflections on the work she did this summer.
The Paso a Paso Experience
Working here at CLUES all together has been amazing; our supervisor Laura has really helped us all throughout the summer. When I first got here I was really nervous not really knowing what to expect. The first 3 weeks we had to help teach an Animation Class. As the days went by more kids were showing up and they all seemed to be enjoying this course. They all learned how to work with different materials and how to make a stop motion animation film, and they also got to make some new friends.
After those 3 weeks were over my co-worker, Rosie and I were to teach our own class with the kids we had been working with. I remember being a bit nervous but not as much as before, because we had gotten to know these kids a little over the first 3 weeks. Two boys in particular were little troublemakers but yet they would do their work. As the weeks went by both of them started participating more and doing their work without complaining. Three of the girls got along well and they worked great together as a group and as individuals, they always did their work and were really sweet.
During the summer we also had to work with many other kids who didn’t know English. We had to work with them one on one while the rest of kids were able to do their work individually, if they ever needed help one of us would help them. That was one of the struggles while working here, all the kids needed and wanted attention so they would sometimes do something they aren’t supposed to, to get our attention. If we couldn’t get them to listen we would take them to the little kid’s room or take them to Laura so she could talk to them.
Even though it was hard sometimes, I really enjoyed working here and seeing these kids grow both academically and personally. I really got to know these kids and I love them, they helped me learn responsibility, safety skills, time management, and so much more. I really enjoyed working with the wonderful people here at CLUES, like Laura and Teresa and especially the kids for helping us when we had no idea what we were doing. It was truly an amazing opportunity.