In July, we said “goodbye for now” to Delbria Walton, our MSW Intern and Program Assistant for the 2016-17 year. We are incredibly grateful for Delbria and the way she invested her time, energy, talents and love into this place. We were sad to see her go, but once a VOXer, always a VOXer!
In honor of the approximately 27 Saturdays Delbria spent at VOX over the past year, she wanted to share 27 lessons she learned:
27 things I’ve learned during my time at VOX…
- Always ask for help if you need it.
- I am making an impact even if I don’t always feel like I am.
- You learn more as a guide on the side than as a sage on the stage.
- It is okay to not know.
- Always be open to feedback.
- Keep trying Willy’s until you find something you like.
- Youth development is not a one size fits all.
- You’re not helping anyone if you’re not your best self.
- Transition is necessary, so make it good.
- I still have so much more to learn.
- I am in the right space (this is what I am supposed to be doing).
- Listen to the teens.
- Having a safe space can be the difference for youth.
- The energy at VOX is unlike anything that I’ve ever experienced before.
- Always listen.
- Having youth at the table is so important and necessary.
- Laughing is the best.
- A 20-minute conversation about music, good books, food, and astrology can rejuvenate your day.
- Always ask if anybody needs anything from downstairs.
- Teens know a lot more than we give them credit for.
- You can’t look at someone and tell their story.
- Passion is something no one in this office lacks and it bleeds through into everything you do.
- I love this place.
- Be as transparent as possible.
- When we say, “VOX amplifies youth voice”, we acknowledge that they have a voice instead of saying “we are giving youth a voice”.
- The wrong leadership can transform the vision of an organization, and the right leadership can make it soar.
- I have found a place where I have grown, learned and found a place that felt like a home away from home.
We’ll miss you, Delbria!