What some college students are doing with their time
Sports: Baseball & Basketball
Favorite tradition: Sunday family dinner at Grandma’s
Favorite superhero: Superman
“Flooded with shelves covered by review books and test prep guides, the walls covered with posters with information about upcoming tests and vocab words, and desks surrounded by books about the college process…”
These are some things Kyle Rossini noted as he reflected on his time while a volunteer tutor and mentor in the BSA Zone at Tech Boston Academy (TBA) in Dorchester. Kyle, a freshman at Northeastern University participating in the NU Service Learning Program, had a much different high school experience than most BPS students while growing up in Croton-On-Hudson, a village in Westchester County. Kyle couldn’t imagine the need for a Zone in his high-achieving high school because he already had incredible support from his large close-knit Italian family, teachers, coaches and guidance counselor.
When all those pieces are in-line and functioning cohesively, there’s no need for other resources.
For this, Kyle praises the Zone for what it offers students who aren’t getting all the help they need from their school. For students at TBA, the Zone is a critical component of their development in high school.
Kyle, a baseball and basketball player growing up as well as a strong student, he understood the need for a time-management and balance while juggling practices and homework. His favorite subject was English and he really connected with his junior year AP US History teacher who proved to be a huge support and mentor to him. This same teacher led the club Kyle was President of –Human Rights Task Force. Kyle described this group of students as those who wanted to see social change unfold in their community and be the igniters of that chance. Together they would undertake campaigns or projects where they thought necessary. They also attended a conference on social justice and in the following year, Kyle was a guest speaker at the same conference.
A leader in his school and an advocate for the success of his own life, Kyle took all the right steps in order to attend a highly recognized university such as Northeastern.
Kyle volunteers in the Zone because he wants to give back and influence others the way his mentors had with him. He attributes much of his accomplishments to the support systems that surrounded him and wants to have that same impact on the lives of students in the Zone. Committed to the students that he’s supporting, Kyle will complete 100 hours of community service by the end of the year through this civic engagement program.
Read Kyle’s full reflection of his first semester in the Zone here.