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ICAP Spotlight: Bailey Dixon

Bailey Dixon, ICAP @ Kids on Course

Psychology Major at Coe College

Class of 2017

 

Why did you decide to become an ICAP?

“I got to know Kayla and Tess last year on the spring break service trip to Colorado Springs. They talked to us a little bit about what it was, and I thought it would be easy to get involved with them since I already knew them, and I knew I loved to volunteer.”

Why did you choose Kids on Course?

“It was actually suggested to me by Kayla. She knew Hannah – the site supervisor. My main focus that I wanted to do was kids and education, and I just feel really passionate about education. I just think it’s really important. I was really fortunate to have parents who really cared about my education growing up and people who were there to support me. So, I just knew I wanted to work in an educational facility, and I think kids are fun.”

Who do you work with?

“It takes place at Harrison Elementary School. It’s just Harrison kids. It’s grades 2 through 5. It’s more structured activities that very little kids probably wouldn’t handle very well. It’s open to the second through fifth graders. Harrison is also a kind of a lower-income school, so they’re trying to instill more programs like this at Harrison. The classes are open to anybody, but I think it’s especially for the kids who maybe don’t’ have a good home to go to after school or maybe don’t have food at home; we give them snacks. Kids on Course is an after-school program, and it’s just a safe place for them to be until about five o’clock.”

What do you do for Kids on Course?

“When it’s not program time – the after-school program doesn’t actually start until February – I don’t work with the kids that much; I actually work more with my site supervisor.

I’m actually going to teach a class this semester for one of the after-school sessions, which I’m nervous about, but I’m also pretty excited for. Hannah and I are working on planning my after-school class – generating ideas, figuring out what materials we’re going to need. I’m working right now on generating a specific outline. It’s a six-week program. That’s what I’m primarily working on. Last semester, I did a before-school session, and it was called “Growing Up Girl.” It was a girl-empowerment group. It was a small group, and we just met on Tuesday mornings and just talked about what it means to be a girl, and how you can do whatever you want, and being healthy.”

“When I first started at Kids on Course, I didn’t even know what it was. I just went into it knowing I wanted to eventually work with the kids, but I wasn’t sure how that would actually happen. I’m excited I get to teach my own class.”

What will your new class be about?

“It’s a service club. It’s going to about community service and why it’s important. We’re going to try to make it fun and show them it’s fun to help others. We’ve talked about doing Project Linus – you can make blankets for kids who are either sick in the hospitals or living in poverty. So, we’re going to make tie-blankets with the kids, and we’re doing a food drive.”

Have you had an especially rewarding moment?

“On the last day of our Growing Up Girl program, all the girls told me about how they were going to miss me and how much they enjoyed coming in the mornings. I almost cried.”

What challenges have you faced?

“Some of the kids have behavioral issues. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to do and not overstep a boundary. Like, if a kid is going to hit you – what do you do? It’s not normally a big problem. We’ve just had a couple kids in the past who are very aggressive, but for the most part the kids are awesome and just so happy to be there.”

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