By Hannah Hufford
Serving for Alpine Achievers Initiative has been no short of a voyage. Our service as AmeriCorps members has been revolutionary for underprivileged,
academically struggling, children of the San Luis Valley. The way I have individually impacted the Del Norte community is by providing additional help for students who benefit from one-on-one tutoring, and classroom assistance. A source for tutoring did not exist prior to AAI members. Additionally, helping with homework at the community center and adding an outlet for kids to form positive relationships with someone that is otherwise. Without the extra help at the community center, there would be a significant staffing shortage on high volume days. Although the semester has been difficult, I have had support once a week. Reflecting back on the service term has allowed me to appreciate the activities AAI has organized for us and the information we have received to help us be more effective mentors f or the children. I’ve learned an abundance about myself and how I can make a positive impact on the world around me.
Hannah Hufford served at Del Norte Middle School and High Valley Community Center. 

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