Written by Harold Trey Fluellen, AmeriCorps Member serving on the AT&T Aspire Team at Broadmoor High School
“If the village does not support the proper raising of a child, then a parent has a difficult road indeed, and the child is at risk.” I would have to say this sentence right here was a big part of my experience coming in as an AmeriCorps member at Broadmoor High. Starting up, I could speak for all of my team when I say the pressure for us to assist came quickly. The impact of the 2016 Louisiana floods and summer shootings in our community caused us to instantly be a support system.
For me, it touched me to the core to be literally a part of the rebuilding of the community. Our students were displaced, confused, and upset so we had to take action immediately. I saw early on that our students needed an outlet to get things off of their chest. Stepping in to be that near-peer mentor, where the parents and staff couldn’t, was very beneficial for our students moving forward. I took advantage of the time to get know my students more on a personal level. I used that personal time to motivate them in different ways to get them to the same goals their parents and teachers expected of them.
“It takes a shared vision, a set of shared values, and a shared sense of collective responsibility for the common good.” Our staff and AmeriCorps members have shared this vision for our students, which ultimately pushed our students academically, socially, and mentally. As soon as our students get to the school, their parents expect us to push them to the same common goal which is to graduate. We all took different steps to be role models to our students. Regardless if it was helping them in class, just helping them on a personal level, or supporting them with their extracurricular activities. I can say at Broadmoor High School, there is a village and I’m proud to say I had the chance to make the commitment to these students this year.