My name is Taylor Wilson. Over the course of a year, I had the opportunity to fulfill different roles at Children’s Healing Center. It was a year that gave me many new friendships and made me grow into a better version of myself, because in each role I learned important lessons.
I started as a volunteer, and learned how important the benefits of play are for not only children, but parents too. I learned that a parent may get emotional seeing their child dance with a friend for the first time. I learned that all of the families have a different journey from one another, but they’re similar enough to relate and share experiences. I thought I knew exactly what I would see or experience, but not until I was on the “inside” did I begin to truly understand.
Fast-forward to my internship a couple months later. During this time, I was given more responsibility and continued to learn a lot. Most importantly, I learned how to create a good lesson plan. I had to practice my creativity and during that process I got good at turning the most random objects into the coolest art projects. I also learned that nothing went exactly as “planned” and I would have to adjust my process accordingly. For someone who is a planner like myself, this was difficult to learn, but once I learned to go into a program with the realization that the children do not know what I had planned, a lot changed. In addition, there were times I reached out to community members or organizations, asking for their partnership in a program. I used that as an opportunity to really share what what our members through and why they are here. By telling these stories I was able to change someone’s perspective of their own life and that was special.
I never could have imagined the difference the Children’s Healing Center would make in my life.
Now, I am the Program Administrator. I began in March, which was a challenging time to begin my first real job as a recent graduate. Although, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I plan and execute programs, communicate with members, work in the member database/portal and explore other areas when working on special projects. You will most definitely see me around a lot, more likely running the Tween/Teen program or helping out with programs, such as Little Tots University.
While my role is a job, it feels like much more than that. Our family’s journeys have truly impacted my life in a way I never could have imagined. It’s important to remember how much just one conversation can make a difference for anyone. Although, for myself, it’s multiple conversations, dance parties, play sessions, crafts and much more. Oh, and I can’t forget to say how fortunate I am to work in leggings and a sweatshirt… just kidding… sort of. 😉
I came here to make a difference, but I never could have imagined the difference the Children’s Healing Center would make in my life. I am forever grateful for every person who has had an impact on me.