- Posted by Lio De Jesus
- On May 27, 2016
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Throughout the course of LaunchPad’s time at Dobie, we have worked with so many wonderful faculty and staff members who have dedicated their time to working with us to impact the students. As LaunchPad continues to move forward, we took the time to speak with some of our campus partners and asked them to share their story.
Our assistant program director, Lio DeJesus, sat down with Dallas Shreve, former LaunchPad employee and current Dobie Guitar teacher, and the dialogue follows:
Lio: Since your time with them, how do you feel LaunchPad has grown?
DS: LaunchPad ha grown in the ability to reach more students through long-lasting relationships. When the middle school students leave for high school, they come back willing and able to mentor younger ones supporting the culture David and Rebecca have been building for years. They are able to do this not only because of their love of the Contreras’ but also because they see the value in it.
Lio: Do you have a favorite memory from LaunchPad?
DS: One of my most fond memories was after a performance of the LaunchPad rock band. A student came up to me a told me that their parents bought them a piano because of how well they did. The student’s reaction to being held in such high esteem by their parents was priceless.
Lio: How important do you think LaunchPad is to the Rundberg community?
DS: The presence of LaunchPad is essential because its values, though they strongly support education, go beyond academia and address the daily challenges and struggles of life in a low-income community. They do this through relationships and by teaching core human values.
Lio: Where do you see LaunchPad in the future?
DS: I see LaunchPad continuing to develop strong relationships with the community and key city leaders, placing excellent role models in leadership positions, and building a culture with core values such as respect and honor through relationships and family.