A few years ago I ran into my friend Danny at Memorial Park and he asked me how things were going. We talked about what was missing from my life and volunteering was at the top of the list. We set a goal over the next month to find a venue for volunteering and so I started e-mailing organizations in Houston. One organization responded within days – KIPP Houston Public Schools.
In October 2011, I received an e-mail from Sondee who worked in Development and my life changed for the amazing. Within the next couple of weeks I ended up touring KIPP SHARP and I fell in love with KIPP and SHARP. I read Work Hard. Be Nice., and watched Waiting for Superman again as well as Bill Gates’ TED Talk about KIPP. I found where I wanted to be. I found what felt like home.
After volunteering in different capacities at KIPP SHARP, I wanted to find something that was meaningful to me and that’s when Boys’ Club was created.
March 24, 2012 was the first Boys’ Club that we held at KIPP SHARP. A group of our best friends got together and planned a way to focus on character education, sportsmanship, and healthy eating. We started with around ten 2nd graders and during our last year at SHARP in 2014, we had approximately 40 students.
As we near the fourth year of Boys’ Club in 2015, I consider how lucky I am to not only be part of Boys’ Club which is at KIPP CONNECT, but how grateful I am to work full time at KIPP Houston as our Controller.
We now have approximately 20 students that join us every other Saturday for dodgeball, relays, and Chick-fil-A. Every other Saturday we experience joy, fun, and laughter. We have volunteers that come and one recently texted me and said “literally the highlight of my week every week.” I tell our kids and I mean it when I say it, on the Boys’ Club Saturdays, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than with them.
Check out a video the Boys’ Club recently made to see them club in action. If you are interested in volunteering with Boys’ Club, we are always looking for more volunteers. You can email Son Han to get involved.