My name is Nelson, I am 17 years old, and I am in eighth grade. I have been in Glasswing ‘s Community Schools program since I was in second grade. I’ve participated in the English Club, Glee Club, Basketball Club, and Leadership Club.
The clubs have made an impression on my life since I was little. Before enrolling, my grandmother passed away. Even though I was so young, I fell into a depression. I felt so alone. At school, the teachers recommended I join the clubs. I liked them a lot, and quickly, my behavior began to change.
As a result of the pandemic, I have had quite a few difficulties. My family has had economic problems and a few of my relatives fell sick with COVID-19. Through tough times, the lessons I’ve learned in the clubs have helped me through it all. Because of the leadership skills I acquired in the clubs, I was able to help my family through their financial difficulties at our family restaurant during the lockdown by helping them implement a food delivery system with my aunt.
In the midst of all this, I was invited to take part in the Cybersecurity course at the United States Embassy and in the Podcast Workshop. Both courses were an opportunity to feel connected to my classmates again and to compensate for how bad I felt because I could not go out or do the things I normally did with my time. I also realized how exposed I was digitally and how dangerous this could be.
After finishing the course, I took all the precautions to stay safe in the digital world, mainly on social media. The most important thing is that I have felt supported. I haven’t felt alone. It feels so good to be able to share these things with everyone else.