WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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the primary program leaders. For Roberts, 16, this was a perfect fit. She loves the farm's mission and work. And, she says, "I've always loved working with kids in any way, shape, or form." Roberts, who will be a junior at Wellesley High School this fall, is in- terested in a career as an elementary school teacher, and has found that immersing herself in the work at Land's Sake has not only been worth the time and effort, but it has taught her much about working with kids and adult volunteers. And her volunteer work there has evolved: this past summer she worked not only as a junior leader but also as ambassador for Land's Sake, talking about the program at schools and libraries. For teens who want to find volunteer opportunities that fit their interests, Roberts says, "Put yourself out there. If you just keep explor- ing, you'll find all of these cool options." Anna Cohen is the Education Manager at Land's Sake, and welcomes any teen interested in volunteering. "There's always work!" she says. There are established programs but she notes that any novel volunteer ideas are welcome. While some students have come to her with specific project ideas — building a chicken coop, for example — others come to her asking what needs to be done. Says Cohen: "We love getting kids involved and appreciate the support!" Jack Gray Wellesley High School recent graduate Jack Gray has advice for middle and high school students interested in volunteering: start now. "It's good to have the experience," Gray notes, and there are plenty of service opportunities through school and the community to suit every person's interests. Gray, 18, admits that he first started volunteering in part because "it was good for resume building ... and I needed something to do during the summer," he laughs. But it became much more than that. It helped him get out of his comfort zone, work with people more easily, and ulti- mately, he says, "Volunteering has made me a more effective leader." An Eagle Scout, Gray knows about leadership, and his volunteer work has been a big part of his learning curve. At the end of his freshman year, Gray learned about the Wellesley Council on Aging (COA) through an ad in the newspaper. The COA offers comprehensive programs and services for adults over age 60. Gray started volunteering there, serving lunch several times a week. Gray has also been a member of Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) for several years. YIP, a program run by the Foundation for MetroWest, is one of the largest youth philanthropy education programs in the coun- try, designed for students interested in learning more about non-profit organizations and addressing community needs. In 2016, over February break of his sophomore year, Gray went with the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church Youth Group on a service trip to New Orleans. In conjunction with a local organization there (Our School at Blair Grocery), the group did farm work and learned about community issues like wastefulness in grocery stores. Of all of his volunteer experiences, though, the one which has been perhaps the most impactful was one Gray organized himself: renova- tion of the library at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church. He and his team of volunteers repainted, reorganized, and restocked the library — a much needed overhaul. Gray notes that while the work itself took about S T O C K B R O K E R X ( S B X ) 156 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 8 good works "giving back to others"

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