It felt personally meaningful and appropriately challenging to have the opportunity to stand in front of my peers and be an expert on something that I was excited about.
...trust [your] young people and never compare them to anyone else. They are who they are, and that is perfect.
Who has time for school when there is so much to learn?!”
I wouldn't have changed anything...Even aspects of the program that were difficult were just opportunities to be challenged and grow more.
I learned [at OC] how to be independent, how to work with others, and to not be afraid to try.
OC made me a more confident public speaker,
more comfortable around adults, and encouraged me to see
people of all ages as my peers.