The ACE Second Story program is an extension of our Child Sponsorship program, designed for students who have entered into high school. This summer, out of this program, fourteen students were chosen to work in a summer job program after an application and interview process.
These students worked tirelessly throughout summer, providing assistance to the staff at Galina Breeze Hotel with housekeeping, maintenance, and kitchen duty, as well as supporting the ACE staff at VBS, Summer School and working with visiting mission teams. The students learned many valuable lessons about work ethic in four weeks’ time. From the beginning of the program to the end, they showed up on time to work hard and make a difference, being open to new experiences and learning the value of money earned. They used their earnings to purchase school books, and they now better understand how saving and planning gets one closer towards a goal.
The students discovered the skills at which they excelled, and they learned to appreciate those jobs they may not have liked as much; in the end, they are more well-rounded, educated individuals. As a reward for a job well done, we closed the summer by taking these fourteen exceptional teens shopping for shoes and then to Burger King, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Watching them grow in confidence and knowledge was a pleasure, and we are thankful for such a productive summer with this select group of Second Story students.