Monday, July 16, 2018

Let the Second Summer Start!

Hello, I'm Qalid Hassan!

I am a 16 year old who lives in South Boston. I go to Boston Latin School and I will be entering into my junior year in high school this fall.  I am your typical young guy: I play basketball, video games, and I like to have fun with my friends.  I also like to try new things, hence how I was introduced to this job.  Last year, my older brother,  Ahmed, introduced me to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay.  He had previously worked at Save the Harbor for five years and knew it would be a great fit for me, as I was looking for a summer job.  He told me I would be working with a team to teach kids of all ages about marine life, history of pirates, and ultimately fishing. At first  I was hesitant because I was not an avid fisherman but I could not have been more wrong in my life!  Last summer might have been one of the most summers ever. I had a great, loving, and funny team as I worked at All Access Boston Harbor and I loved teaching kids how to fish and enjoy the Harbor Islands. The best part about last summer was probably being able to see a smile on a kid's face each and every day,  knowing that I was able to bring positivity, and enjoyment to someone's life, even if it was only for 20 minutes.

Now my second summer on Boston Harbor has officially begun and I'm excited for new teams, new sites, new kids, new adventures, but most importantly, more smiles.

During orientation, we did a few old things, and a few new things. First off, I got to meet my new co-workers, new SHEs, and new teammates. I also got to catch up with some old teammates from last year. We listened to a great story from the storyteller, but we also acted out our own stories in pirate suites. We even got to learn about and talk with a captain of the Coast Guard. Such new things to do really excite me for the upcoming summer and really pump me up for the programs to come!

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Teaching kids to fish last summer!
See ya later,

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