By Derrick Hatch, National Afterschool Association Next Generation Award 2018 Winner
A Job Or A Career?
When I began working in the afterschool field, I didn’t quite know what I was signing up for. Sure, I was excited about the job; but at the time, it was a placeholder until something better came along.
Oh how wrong I was.
In the beginning, I didn’t think I was quite cut out for the work. Here I was, a white 23 year-old from suburban Southern California. Was I really qualified to be working with kids and teens in the inner-city? What if they laughed at me? What if they made fun of me?
Well, they did laugh, and they did make fun of me. And I joyfully embraced it all. Continue reading