Hi, my name is Julia Scott. I am going to be a senior in high school at Franklin Road Academy this year and could not be more excited for what is to come! My school has a program called the Turner Fellowship program in which 12 students are selected and then paired with an organization to intern at for 6 weeks during the summer. I am truly and completely blessed to have been paired with Preston Taylor Ministries. Before starting my internship at PTM, I ha
d never really been involved there. I knew what PTM was, where it was based, and what they did, but I’d never really gone out of my way to volunteer before. Honestly, before I started interning at PTM, my service work was pretty much limited to animals and adults with disabilities. Coming into an organization like PTM definitely was out of my comfort zone, but as I’ve spent more and more time there I am absolutely amazed at how much I have grown as a person. In the last 5 weeks that I have been present I have learned what it means to be patient, how to understand and have more empathy towards others, how to handle situations better, what being a good leader really is, and most importantly how to have grace.
Coming into an organization like this I really wasn’t sure to expect, but I definitely was not expecting to see the amount of joy that came from every single child who walked through the doors. I’ve come to know and love so many of these kids, and I’m really sad that there’s only one week of programming left. I’ve only got one week left to cook breakfast, play soccer and basketball, and say a morning prayer at Rally Time—3 things that are really the highlights of my day. I feel even more blessed than I was when I came into PTM at the beginning of the summer and cannot even begin to describe how much fun and how many laughs I have had these past few weeks. Probably the funniest thing to happen to me is last week when it was raining outside, all of the kids and directors started playing music and dancing all around the gym at St. Luke’s Community House. It was a sight to see, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
If I could travel anywhere, I would probably go to Romania. Not only is there so much cool history and culture there, but there are also great opportunities to help children in poverty stricken areas and children who are in orphanages.