It is with great pleasure that we recognize ReKisha Townsel as our featured volunteer of the month. Since joining our volunteer team over a year ago, ReKisha’s enthusiasm for the Girls Inc. mission has left many of the girls in her programs asking her how they can be a Girls Inc. volunteer someday. As ReKisha shares her experiences it is clear that she makes the most out of every moment volunteering.
Why volunteer with Girls Inc.?
“If I had to sum up my experience facilitating with Girls Inc. in one word, it would be rewarding. I find volunteering personally fulfilling and it allows me to share my gifts. I have a passion for empowering and teaching. I believe the key to success is knowledge. One of my favorite saying is, ‘When you know better you do better.’”
Favorite thing to teach:
“I like when we play the Name Game, an icebreaker. Each person states a positive word that describes her. For example, ‘I am Kind Kisha.’ This activity allows the girls to see themselves in a different light. It makes them think. It also gives the girls insight into their character and demonstrates how to describe themselves using positive affirmations.”
Did you notice a change in the girls’ behavior as your class went on?
“In my experience, we have some girls that are shy, some that are wild, and some that are not sure what Girls Inc. is or what the program stands for when they walk through that door. By the end of the program, everyone changes in their own way. When people are placed in an environment that is safe they feel comfortable traveling to those vulnerable places and receiving information that has been designed to help them grow.”