When I started with the program, we had about 20 volunteers and students. I felt inspired – let’s do this!
My biggest realization while working at PRC was how much people need an adult learning program. It can be very overwhelming. It’s very difficult for people get access to free educational services when they are adults. There’s just so much to be done.
I’d love to give students unlimited financial resources to pursue any education they want. It would allow them to focus on learning. Financial resources are a big problem for students. They’re motivated to learn, but work, parenting, the daily living errands, these things take priority. Education feels like a luxury, and it shouldn’t.
There are so many students I can’t forget. Their stories are amazing. They are strong! They’ve overcome challenges and trauma. One student I knew was almost buried alive. Our students are the picture of perseverance and survival. Many of them struggled in school, so they’re going back now- years later- to face something that was difficult the first time.
People, adults, we are more resilient than we think. We’re all in this together, you know? Even when we’re surrounded by hate, we can climb free.
Once we start to recognize that resilience, there’s a lot to learn from it.
Working with adult learners is my passion. I think we should all, always be learning.