This summer, I participated in Middle Main’s Youth LEAP program. All in all, it was a really great experience, and I recommend it to any young person who wants to get more involved in the community. My experience with the program was unique because I had interned with Middle Main before, and the program provided me with yet another amazing opportunity to be involved with the community.
I got to help Middle Main carry out a survey of resident opinions about the neighborhood. I’m really glad I got to do this. There was something so refreshing about meeting new residents every day and learning to see Poughkeepsie through their eyes. In Poughkeepsie, there are so many people living in so many different ways, but I got the impression that no matter who I spoke to they always cared a lot about the city. I saw for myself that even though there is a lot of diversity within the city there is also a lot of unity. Just about everyone I met was worried about the same problems, and hopeful for the same changes. It was clear that people may not love every single thing about Poughkeepsie, but they do care about the city and they want to be proud of it.
Being part of a growing community can feel really hard sometimes, and we don’t always get to see the results right away. But, I think during the harder times it’s good to remember that the people of the city really do care, and every little thing counts. Whether you’re going to a community event, picking up trash, or just smiling at people while you walk by them. People see that, they remember it, and it makes them feel a little bit more proud of the city they live in.
And I learned all that from helping with a survey! So, thanks for the opportunity Middle Main, and keep up the good work!