Cameron Hager joined ReSOURCE in October 2017 as an Every Body Works AmeriCorps member (EBW). He has spent the last year working primarily as Human Resources Coordinator for our Learn, Earn, and Prosper (LEAP) program, which prepares blind and visually impaired youth for a brighter future by gaining life skills, work experience, and community involvement.
While helping LEAP trainees prepare for their futures, Cameron is gaining valuable professional development and job skills and has earned his team lead role through his dedication. The following Q & A tells the story of Cameron’s experiences with the LEAP Summer Internship and Work Experience programs last summer.
Q: Can you give a brief overview of your summer with LEAP and EBW, and what did you like best about it?
My summer with LEAP and EBW was a great experience. My role consisted of supporting the LEAP students and our summer crew leaders at their living space as well at ReSOURCE in the donation bay. Quite frankly, my experience was life changing. What I liked best was that I witnessed real personal and professional growth in the LEAP students from the beginning to the end of the program. I loved being a part of that change. These students gave me a reason to perform at my best level, and then some.
Q: What new skills have you learned so far?
What skills haven’t I learned? The fact is I have been lucky enough to be with a team that pushes each other to learn more. I learned about behavior management especially in the realm of having challenging conversations. I have been learning many skills in the realm of human resources such as coordinating with partners, budget management, and so much more.
Q: What have you learned about yourself?
My personal growth has been something I could not have ever anticipated when I joined EBW and LEAP. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I am not afraid to be open and transparent. I learned that I love to be challenged, I am driven to succeed, and I have the confidence to achieve any of my goals. More importantly, I learned that I know what my goals for the future are. I love that fact that I have had a team that has helped me realize the skills and drive that I have.
Q: Would you recommend EBW to someone else?
I love my experience. If anyone really wants to learn and grow, you should be a part of EBW. It has changed my life for the better and I know that when it comes time to move on that I will be more than prepared. I know that I will be able to succeed wherever I go thanks to this program.
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