Congrats to our December Volunteer of the Month, Will Livingston Smith! Read our interview with Will:
What first brought you to Big Class?
Well initially, the need to graduate brought me to Big Class. Getting college credit for an internship allowed me to graduate in the fall.
What keeps you coming back?
I can honestly say I love what I'm doing with the group. I genuinely feel I'm making a positive impact on students' lives by helping them express themselves more fully.
What are some skills you have that help you out at Big Class?
I'm a writer with a pretty big personality. Above that, I understand the struggles of being a student. I understand where the students are at and how to approach them.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced at Big Class?
Working with aftercare, there's some students who don't take to writing readily. With the help of the Big Class team, we've developed ways to work with them by incorporating other forms of art.
What are some great projects you’ve helped with? Tell us the story behind them if you can.
The first Big Class project I worked on was "A New Planet in Space." It was a book published by Big Class with writing from the 3rd and 4th graders at Akili Academy.
What are you up to when you’re not volunteering with us?
When I'm not at Big Class, I'm managing a pharmacy and neglecting a book I've been working on for two years.