March 2016: Tidiany Diarra

Diarra,-TidianyMinistry: La Salle School

College: Lewis University

What do you do? I’m a Recreational Coordinator and Mentor at a therapeutic residential treatment and alternative to detention facility for youth experiencing trauma, mental illness, and abuse.

Why did you choose to become a Lasallian Volunteer?  

I am a Lasallian Volunteer because I felt that it was my calling to give back to others who are less fortunate. My hopes for my time in the program have definitely been realized. When I come in every day and do what needs to be done I don’t even feel like it’s work, because I love giving back! The boys also see me as a mentor to them which also helps me to see I am doing the right thing.

What is the most important “thing,” do you think, that your students need from you?  Unknown-1

The most important thing that the boys need from me and that I also know I am doing, is patience and listening to what they have to say! I show the boys I am listening by dropping whatever I am doing to listen to what they have to say and guide them to the right path.

Have you noticed any signs of success in your service?  

I have noticed multiple signs of success in my service. For example, one of our young boys got discharged, he told me he loved me before he left, that really touched my heart to hear that. Also, when some of the boys are upset they are comfortable enough to come speak to me about what they are going through.

What would you say to a friend from home who questioned why you chose to live with the Brothers?

People say college is the best four years of your life, I think this program is the best year by far. The Brothers are there to mentor you as well, which is very important. Also living in community and having time with them really helps get through the day.

Unknown-3Why would you recommend the LV program to a college senior considering volunteering?

Becoming a Lasallian Volunteer really refreshes your mind due to the faith, community, and service. It gives you time to think about what you really want to do in life and at the same time you’re doing great things for yourself and the community by helping people in need!

Why would you recommend a contribution to the LV Program from a prospective donor?

We need to have this program stay alive forever! If we didn’t have Lasallian Volunteers more and more people will fall back into poverty with no helping hand. It’s a big help to the communities and for young students that graduated and don’t know what their next move is.

How would you like to continue your involvement with the Lasallian family after your time with the Lasallian Unknown-2Volunteers? 

After my time as an LV, I definitely will donate back when I can! I would also love to come back and talk about my experience with Volunteers. I will continue to spread the word about the program. Whatever I can do to help I will do, without a doubt.

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