Senior at St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Santa Maria, CA
Why did you decide to be an SIT this summer?
This summer will mark my 5th time attending SSP as a youth. Since my first time attending, I have fallen in love with it.
SSP has taught me so much about leadership, fellowship, and life skills and lessons that have enriched my relationships within my family, friends, community, God, and those seen as “unloveable” through the eyes of the world.
“SSP has taught me so much about leadership, fellowship, and life skills and lessons that have enriched my relationships within my family, friends, community, God, and those seen as ‘unloveable’ through the eyes of the world.”
Through this insightful program, I have been exposed to different communities, cultures, hardships, perspectives, religions, and people that I would have never known about, nor met, if it weren’t for my summers well spent at various sites.
It has fostered this love for God in me, and I am so thankful for the countless opportunities SSP has given me to show that unconditional love to others, especially marginalized groups.
So I hope to continue my journey with SSP, and be on staff one day.
“SSP has been so impactful in my life, and essential to my development as a young adult […]”
SSP has been so impactful in my life, and essential to my development as a young adult, so I would love nothing more than to give back as an SIT, and put into use all the skills I have gained to continue being a part of this organization and growing that love.
Transitioning from learning as a camper, to learning and teaching in a leadership position, I believe being an SIT will be the perfect introduction.
Why are you interested in being on SSP staff in the future?
Since my first SSP at 14 years old I thought, “I want to be on staff.” I think it is something that God has called me to. I love the sense of community within the staff that I have observed.
I love the thought of being a part of a team, and getting to know and work alongside each other, whilst ministering to and impacting many young individuals. Changing and helping a city in a way that is selfless and endless in love and abundant in hope.
“Changing and helping a city in a way that is selfless and endless in love and abundant in hope.”
It’s this desire that has been burning in my heart, and an experience I hope to fulfill. It seems like a one of a kind opportunity, and it’s something I feel I would thrive in and I would give my all for.
It’d be an experience that would benefit me for the rest of my life, as being a youth volunteer has, and I would carry all I had learned from it with me always.
What are your plans for next year?
To start off, I am going to be attending community college. Studying general education, personal development, art, and religious studies. I also hope to take part in young adult leadership at local youth groups. Helping lead lessons, bible studies, worship…etc.
My close friends and I are hoping to establish an LGBT+ friendly bible study group. Showing our friends, and welcoming strangers (A.K.A friends-to-be) that God’s love is not for select groups, but for everyone. In hope of breaking the stereotype that all churches and God are against people who identify with any of those labels, and lead them towards God’s love in a laid back and accepting environment.
“Showing our friends, and welcoming strangers (A.K.A friends-to-be) that God’s love is not for select groups, but for everyone.”
I hope to do some traveling. Of course for the fun of it, but also for the experience of developing my knowledge of other places, and cultural backgrounds.
As for jobs, I plan to be working at my local REC center. Doing work with after school programs, and organizing community events. In this I hope to be closer to my community, gain more experience working with children and young adults, and to learn more leadership and teaching skills.
Then for the summer, to be on staff for SSP, of course!
“Then for the summer, to be on staff for SSP, of course!”