What Can We Bring To Help Others?

Last month, you were asked to reach out beyond your own personal interests to help others whose causes may not reflect your own needs. Thank you, Kathe Mayer and anyone else who has helped champion public employee’s efforts to repeal SB5.
Kudos belong to the AAUW Ohio Equity Day coordinators, because the speakers offered something to empower women during every stage of life. Between Candace Campbell Jackson’s reminder that the women who follow should have a smoother path than we did, and Heidi Cressman’s essential question, I walked away from that experience invigorated and committed to sharing my knowledge differently. I started thinking of more ways I could help direct students toward careers that will help the world while earning them a living.
Cressman wanted to know why there weren’t more women in engineering. Because she was willing to listen to a viable answer, in just one month more than 100 students have learned about her field, which means they can consider a new career that might be viable for them. Heidi taught 6th graders for a full day in my building, and she was introduced to a couple of art teachers. Now those teachers are excited to share observations, and work with math and science teachers in an effort to begin early identification of students who demonstrate skills and characteristics necessary for success in fields requiring curiosity and creativity along with math and science strengths.
The gift from Equity Day keeps morphing as Heidi’s mission has been shared. At a recent workshop, Teachers Empowering Students, more opportunities to help students were shared. Some attendees in the Women and Labor session were asking how to get support for their students who don’t necessarily want to do skilled trades. Information about Heidi’s program was passed along. She has already agreed to appear at a career day program at Michael White School in Cleveland. That school is trying to get their STEM program off the ground.
I met teachers, who don’t even know if they have jobs, but were spending their Saturday trying to learn more ways to help students. Connie Shultz, the keynote speaker, encouraged everyone and asked what information teachers need for her to share with the public. Once again there are people who are willing to listen to what it takes to support individuals who empower our future generations.
More than ever before, I am just walking up to people and asking do they know of youngsters who need a nudge in the right direction, or can they share their own talents within the community. I am personally contacting teachers to share information I receive about opportunities to increase their content area knowledge. I have learned that one of my greatest gifts is being in the right place at the right time. It seems such a small thing but it has worked particularly well in my own life. I get the feeling that this strength could benefit others in the future. As you reflect upon your own skill set, I am hoping you find ways to share the many talents that you have, but take for granted or consider insignificant. There is always somebody who could really benefit from your positive outlook, that stunning smile or your wisdom. I’m wishing you sunny days and meaningful opportunities to share yourself with others.

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One Response to What Can We Bring To Help Others?

  1. Kathe Mayer says:

    That’s great. We need to continually support all those who are reaching out to the next generation to encourage them to look widely at the possibilities for their future and the future of their communities.

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