Project MARS/AmeriCorps collects “Great Stories” from its members in which they reflect on their experiences mentoring in the classroom and the progress they see students making. This month’s story was written by Kameron Brown.
Even though I became an AmeriCorps member later than others and despite the small amount of time that I have been a member, I have been fortunate enough to make a difference in the life of a student. This student is on the Autism Spectrum. I was able to relate to this student because I am on the same spectrum. This student actively engages in conversation with me now and wants to tell me many things that he has done and wants to do.
At times it is a struggle to get the student to work and engage academically. However, since both of us have autism and have had similar experiences in life, I hope that I will be able to get this student to engage more academically and go on to succeed, so that this student will one day learn that Autism does not disable him, but instead makes him see the world differently.