Neighborhood House AmeriCorps member reflects on his 2016-17 experience

Written by on July 10, 2017 in Local and National News, Seattle Housing Authority - Comments Off

By Zev Haggitt

Special to The Voice

I found AmeriCorps at the perfect time, when I had just graduated from college and was still figuring out what I wanted to focus on for my career.
I have always enjoyed volunteering with kids and teens in tutoring programs, so when I saw an opening with Neighborhood House I immediately applied.

For the past two years I have been working at Neighborhood House High Point with a program called Studio. Studio is an after-school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for middle and high schoolers.

We have many different activities, including photography, computer coding, woodshop and music. For the past two years I’ve led the woodshop class, which started because we happened to have supplies to build many things, so I developed a curriculum around that. Some of the best times have been working with youths to figure out solutions to problems.

Youths in the Studio program at Neighborhood House High Point learn to build projects in woodshop class, led by Zev Haggitt, center. Haggitt will wrap up his two years of AmeriCorps service on July 15.

Youths in the Studio program at Neighborhood House High Point learn to build projects in woodshop class, led by Zev Haggitt, center. Haggitt will wrap up his two years of AmeriCorps service on July 15.

I loved running woodshop because it got me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to learn along with my students. It also gave youths in the High Point community access to tools and projects that they would not have had access to otherwise.

The last two years with the Studio program have been extremely formative. I’ve learned more these past two years professionally than I have thus far in my life, and the connections that I have made in the High Point community have been invaluable. I am sad to leave, but I am happy that neighborhoods like High Point still exist and flourish.

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