My name is Jazmin, I am 21 years old and I have participated in the Community Schools program for six years. I started participating in the Glee Club when Glasswing came to my school in 2016. Afterwards, I decided to become an English Club volunteer and also get involved volunteering in different Glasswing programs.
Describing my life means counting all the challenges that I have had to go through since I was little. It has been a rise and fall of emotions that have affected me in different ways. When I was little, my mother left home and I went to live with my grandparents. The rules were much stricter and I was not allowed to do anything, not even attend clubs. However, I liked them so much that, every session, I risked going. Many times, when I came home from the club, I would be beaten or insulted by my grandmother. She said it was a waste of time and that my place was to help in the kitchen. Despite the pain, I continued going again and again. The clubs represented the way out that I so desperately needed. Over time, and after I became a volunteer, the whole Community Schools program became my motivation for standing on my own two feet.
In addition to these challenges, my family has had a lot of financial difficulties. I have been working since I was 13 years old. I needed income for school supplies and, on some occasions, to support my family.
Amidst these problems, Glasswing has always been there. After a year of being a student in the clubs, I joined the volunteer program and the experience was even more rewarding. In the midst of the pandemic, I was going through hard times for economic, emotional, and health reasons. I went back to live with my mother because the problems with my grandparents just kept growing. I lost my job and every day I felt more alone. It was just at that moment, when I collapsed, that I was invited to join the “En Casa con Glasswing” program as a volunteer. Since the beginning of the quarantine, I have participated in the “Q&A” segments. We conduct interviews on different topics so that students from all over the region can have more information during this difficult time. My goal as a volunteer, and especially during the pandemic, has been to focus on all the good things that life has given me and to transmit that message to the students. My goal is to pass along to the children the good vibes and impact that Glasswing has had on me.
After the last six years, I have no words to describe the impact that the Community Schools program and “En Casa con Glasswing” have had on me. It has been an escape, a refuge, freedom, and, most importantly, it has given me what I needed so much — the feeling of family and that someone finally cares about me. Today, my goal is to give this same feeling to the students who participate in the programs where I volunteer.