Learner Spotlight – A ‘POWER’-ful Duo
Morgan (12th grade) and Kate (8th grade) Powers are a dynamic sibling pair! On top of excellent and rigorous academic performance, they both have hearts of gold and a desire to serve others. Under the guidance of their mentor, piano and choir teacher, iLEAD Vendor Jenny Park, they have been able to use their talents to serve others as a vocal coach, section leader, piano accompanist and conductor. As a way to serve the community and the less fortunate, Ms. Jenny started a musical academy and choir at the OC Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope (or VOH for short) and created an opportunity for the Powers girls to be involved!
While at VOH, the girls had the opportunity to lead vocal warmups, help the kids get the wiggles out, teach some piano basics and lead music-related games. The best part, according to Kate, was forming close relationships. Kate said, “I wanted to pour into the girls at VOH and make sure they felt safe and loved. At first, the children were a little shy but by the end of the semester all of them came out of their shells. It was amazing to see all of their musical talents!”
Her sister Morgan explains further, “Kids from VOH are living in transitional housing and have not had an easy life. My sister Kate and I have been able to get to know the kids as they talk about their day, their fears and their joys, and even their birthdays! The very best part of working with the kids at VOH is getting hugs at the end of our time together each week.”
Their experience volunteering at Village of Hope has taught them how to sing with true joy. They are encouraged to live life to the fullest and have learned how satisfying it can be when you use your gifts, talents and passions to bless others.
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