Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Dec 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm
For most of these kids - this is an awesome accomplishment! For some, a few weeks over the summer on a "community service" trip to somewhere cool adds up to a lot of hours and an award! I think that classes such as Stage tech, InFocus, etc. can also earn community service hours once their required hours have been completed.
Posted by Moira , a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Dec 9, 2011 at 3:51 pm
Sorry folks, no comment on the individual kids, but if there were no awards or place to discuss on college applications, you show me how many of these kids would volunteer on their own. Another part of the college-resume building process. Arranged largely by parents, with the more connected parents able to secure the more impressive volunteer positions.
Posted by Susan Colb, a resident of Menlo Park, on Dec 13, 2011 at 9:19 am
Congratulations to all you kids! What an achievement!! I hope PAOnline will publish some of your stories. Community Service is such an impactful experience for young and old alike -- a win-win for everyone involved and better communities, as a result.
Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:20 am
Moira - there are a number of kids who would still volunteer even without the impact on their "resume" especially those who coach younger kids sports or volunteer at something they have a passion for (I think the extra hours kids put in for school clubs/classes such as theater or InFocus count as volunteer hours). But many of the kids are only doing it for their resumes. There are a number of parents who pay for "volunteer" trips over the summer that cost thousands. I personally want to take the Costa Rica Surfing camp! Web Link
Posted by Are you kidding, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2013 at 1:37 am
Moira I am someone who volunteered for amigos and I honestly want to hit you for saying that. Amigos was one of the most meaningful experiences of my life and I learned so much about myself and the world around me because of it. There was no parent prodding. If anything there was the opposite; my parents were terrified at the idea of me spending 8 weeks in a foreign country. Having spoken to many volunteers I don't know a single one who would do this solely for adding stuff to their application. Amigos required a lot more commitment then someone only interested in furthering their college eligibility would be able to give. It's also disgusting to see you making that assumption. I wish I could see you eat nothing but beans and tortillas for 8 weeks and treck up a muddy mountain every day in sweaty clothes. Amigos is a learning experience and a great accomplishment. Congratulations to everyone who completed it!
Posted by Chris Zaharias, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Apr 3, 2013 at 10:08 am
Let me try to be a peacemaker here. Moira's statement certainly has some truth to it, as anyone who has kids knows from talking with other parents here in Palo Alto.
That said, she's wrong to say the college entrance benefits are what motivates most/all of the youth who participate in a program like Amigos. From my POV, most of the college benefit thinking comes from the ***parents***, not the kids.
I want my kids to work, to see the world from other perspectives, to feel what it's like to not have all they have, and know they'll benefit from those experiences regardless of whether it gets them into a more highly ranked school or not. I'm also of the opinion that where you go to college matters less and less every day, and what you're made of matters more and more.