Name: Abbey Barnett
Programs facilitated: (1) Work It Out
How did you learn about Girls Inc.?
I had heard about Girls Inc. before, but hadn’t considered it in depth until my nursing program told us more about the program.
Why did you choose to volunteer with Girls Inc.?
We had the opportunity to volunteer for our clinical rotation for nursing school.
What have you enjoyed most about volunteering with Girls Inc.?
I have really enjoyed getting to know the girls and hearing about their weeks. They are always smiling when they come into the room. I also really like when they answer our questions during the sessions. They are very intelligent and happy to participate.
Does any facilitation memory or any one of the girls stand out to you? Explain.
Each girl stands out to me in their own way, but there is one girl who really blew me away. She didn’t always particularly act like she wanted to be there for each session. She participated, but sometimes acted silly or created distractions. This was also the girl we knew we had to keep close to the front of the room if we wanted to keep control of the session. In one of our sessions, we talked about what made our moods happy and she pulled me aside and told me that getting to be apart of Girls Inc. was what truly made her happy. It was something small, but it made me feel like our sessions were making a difference for them.
Why do you think Girls Inc. programs are beneficial to girls?
There are so many ways that Girls Inc. is beneficial to girls. Our program taught girls how to be a good friend, how to handle issues between friends, and how to deal with bullies. This is something that these girls will continue to encounter throughout school and their future careers. These are skills that can take with them through their lives.
Have you noticed any changes in your own life since volunteering with Girls Inc.?
I have seen some subtle changes in my life since I started volunteering. I feel more empowered as a woman, because I have put the Girls Inc. mission statement into my life as well. Now, I try to make decisions based on being strong, smart, and bold. This isn’t just for young girls, this can be beneficial to all ages.
What kind of things have you learned after facilitating a Girls Inc. program?
I have realized how impressionable these girls truly are. You hear about bullying raging through schools today, but listening to these girl’s stories about what they have seen and dealt with has really impacted me.
Give a tip for volunteer program facilitators about volunteering or working as a team.
Keep an open mind about who is listening and who isn’t. It may seem like they don’t like being there, but deep down they are listening to you.
Give a tip for Girls Inc. Girls.
Always believe in your ability to overcome. You are all strong, intelligent, and are able to get through any issue. Always remember it is only a bad day, it is not a bad life.
Additional comments about your volunteer experience?
I really appreciate the opportunity to facilitate to these young girls. They deserve so much and I am happy to have impacted them in a small way.