In this week’s feature, 15-year-old Jamal Leary shares how he’s preparing for a productive future through Goodwill’s Youth Initiative
I attended Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries’ Fresh Air Camp for more than eight years. I started off as a camper and then moved up to a counselor in training (CIT).
This camp helped me in many ways. It taught me how to be more independent. This camp gave me a chance to meet new people with different personalities. It’s a whole new experience being away from home, and doing and seeing things I thought I would never have done or seen. So much to do: so many activities, so much food, so much fun and so much time not being wasted at camp. What else can you ask for as a child?
Camp also prepared me for the future and the real world, like jobs and interviews. I met so many great people here at camp, and one thing that I noticed is that they were all here to help with any situation — not with just me, but anyone. That’s what camp is about – keeping you going strong at 110 percent.
I continued to go to this camp each year because of the different people I met, the amount of fun I had and the great opportunities. This camp was my home away from home with people I love, and it helped me become a better role model and stronger leader.