Taking part in service-learning programs such as the one at Parkway West has given students the skills they need to become leaders in their communities.
“I’m working to become a leader. When I teach others, I also learn a lot from them,” said Nafis Bey, a student at Parkway West.
Ni Fang, who participates in Lower East Side Preparatory (LESP) High School’s “Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools and Education” program, which enables students to provide tech support for their school, agreed with Bey. LESP is a bilingual Chinese school.
“Service learning is important because we’re helping others, but we’re also learning ourselves,” said Fang, a Chinese immigrant. “Never think that you are wasting time when you are serving someone, because you are always getting something back. Like a Chinese old saying says, you can get happiness from helping others.”
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