I work with youth. I'm not a teacher. No summers off for me. I facilitate a peer to peer mentoring program. High school students volunteer to mentor middle school students that would be considered at risk for a variety of reasons. They aren't "bad" kids. They just need something to do after school and someone to give them some guidance and confidence.
It's a lot of work. I have up to 25 kids under my wing. They are loud. They talk a lot. They get bored (and they make sure I know about their boredom). They commit to weekly meetings for 25 weeks. I commit to it. I end sessions happy some days and upset and disappointed other days.
Today we ended our 25th session and even though I am relieved it is over, I feel sad that I won't see their faces each week anymore.
They wrote me notes. They made me cry.