Past Staff - Experience
My journey with Rising Youth (RY) started out as a youth participant in the program. I remember attending the field trips and the Girls program at Leo Green. RY was an amazing program because it gave you the opportunity to get together with friends you wouldn’t see everyday. It provides a safe space for everyone to have fun and participant in every aspect of the program.
Probably my favorite job to date was being a leader for RY. The memories and experiences that RY has given me, no job in this world will ever top. RY has shaped me to be a leader in my everyday life. My favorite memory from RY and one that I will cherish for many years to come, would be seeing the smiles on the youths faces after every field trip. Programs like RY help youth not only stay out of trouble but, provide them a space to be open and safe. RY’s youths were always ready and keeping us on our toes. RY program was a weekly event for them and some of these youth went to each program across the city. RY gave all the participants the chance to experience opportunities they probably never thought to experience. It was a program that allowed the youth to experiences activities like snow tubing or paintballing. These activities really pushed the youth out of their comfort zone to widen their horizons on activities outside of basketball.
Sadly, my time at RY had to come to an end and that was a hard decision to make. RY pushed me to think outside of the box and be creative when in a leadership role. I learned about my weaknesses and also, my strengthens about my leadership. RY allowed me to grow and learn for my mistakes and I will be forever grateful to RY.
To an organization that helped me become a leader,
Thank you! Thank you for bringing out an aspect in myself that I didn't think I had. Rising Youth was a great initiative and it was more than just basketball. I started off with this program after hearing there were some drop in sessions to play sports, but little did I know there was more to it than just that!
I found myself to be one of the seniors and more mature ones in the program. Most of the participants in the south were younger than me which put me in a leadership role from the get go. The mentorship we received from Abdi Osman and Ahmed Ali and all other volunteers and staff throughout not only the drop- ins but also the extra curriculars, have made me a man that wants to give back to his community. It was a great experience, enjoyable yet fruitful.
I'd like to thank the entire City for the amazing program that was put up! Rising Youth will always be remembered as a fun initiative, forever in my heart.
Thank you for everything!