Q: What are your daily observations about the youth here at Bridge?
A: They displayed a lot of similarities and contrasts that would define the complexity of this stage of their life. The teenagers were vibrant and bursting with energy. I saw that their actions and characters were influenced by internal and external factors. It was evident that they were developing their individual personalities, seeking their identity and yet also wanting to belong to a social group. They were gaining their independence by not asking directions and finding out things for themselves. They were coming to understand gender, race, and age.
Q: What are the challenges that you face while working here at Bridge?
A: Being the program director, it is quite a challenge for me to give recommendations about how to improve their physiological, socio-emotional, and cognitive development as each person is unique and has his own set of strengths and needs. I make sure that I get to know the kids very well as each one has a different personality and different set of skills. We want to bring out the best in each of them. We want to put them in a specific course that would suit their interests and abilities so that they can truly shine.
Q: Lastly, what is your hope for Bridge and the youth that you work with?
A: It is always my hope to see these children become successful in their lives – not just in terms of financial aspect but in terms of finding themselves, their true identity, their purpose, and be able to share their love and talents to the rest of the world. Each one is a precious gem. I consider them as my very own children and as a parent, I want nothing but the best for them.