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Corps Member Monday: It Takes a Village

October 14, 2013

by Sandra M. Kakraba, Corps Member proudly serving on the JPMorgan Chase Team at Capitol Middle School

Its takes a whole village to raise a child” -IGBO (Nigerian) Proverb. This quote has been an amazing motivator for my team and myself. Without support and unity, without our teammates and shared goals, our mission cannot be accomplished. We can’t raise a child single-handedly. We need each other. We need each other’s strengths, weakness, gifts, talents to go above and beyond our year of service. Without each other, we would be miserable and inadequate. We have to “Stand United as a Front” to be successful.

As human beings, a lot of the times it’s extremely difficult to ask for “help” when in need. Sometimes, it’s because we think we have it all figure out. Other times we are just so hard-headed, egotistic or stubborn to do so. Honestly, we can deny the fact that even we need help. We’d rather not put ourselves in positions to be vulnerable because it shows a sign of weakness or inferiority.  Vulnerability is not an easy or comfortable place to be.

I think vulnerability is a beautiful thing. It ultimately makes us who were are, when we become vulnerable.  It shows courage, boldness, weakness, growth but also the sensational strength we hold deep within ourselves.  To be able to be vulnerable, though, you have to trust the people around you.

About a week ago I opened up to my teammates, informing them about some struggles that I had with my students in the classroom. I asked for their support. It was not an easy thing to do, but I knew that I could count on my teammates. We can’t successfully complete  our goals without the support of each member.  United, we can accomplish a whole lot for our students and for each other. We are working towards this goal as a team.

“It takes a shared vision, a set of shared value and a shared sense of collective responsibility for the common good”.

My team at Capitol Middle is a team comprised of beautiful people with unlike backgrounds, diverse stories; dominant leaders, quiet leaders, bold leaders, creative leaders, and motivational leaders who can all make positive changes in the lives of their students.

I am so thankful for my teammates and the opportunities where we struggle together but yet conquer united.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve; you only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “The Drum Major Instinct”

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