By: Explorer, Cora, OK0412
This year I had the opportunity to participate in the Penguin Project. The Penguin Project is a program that allows families with children with disabilities to socialize with other kids their age. They come together and put on a play. Some of these children have disabilities such as mental disabilities, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and many more. Some of these kids need help; that’s where I come in. I was a peer mentor. Basically, what a peer mentor does is help the artists with acting, blocking (where to stand on stage), dancing, and singing. Each artist had their own personal mentor (or two). One of my friends, Abby, was a mentor to a sixteen year old girl who was about three feet tall. Abby would hand her props to her, help her with lines, and anything else she needed help with. I think the mentor of the year award goes to Nick. His partner was the male lead and had a ton of lines. Nick started about halfway through rehearsals and was always one step ahead of his partner. My partner played Mrs. Paroo. She did a wonderful job. She is a 14 year old girl with extreme sound sensitivity. She also has a beautiful voice. I was always with her. I made sure she had her props, and helped her with them onstage. We made a LOT of friends and had tons of fun!!
Due to my experience with Penguin Project, I have discovered a passion for working with kids with disabilities. When I grow up, I want to have a career working with kids with special needs. They are truly amazing kids!