Kalthum is a college-bound high school senior who lives and volunteers at Community HousingWorks’ Bandar Salaam community.
Kalthum and her family have lived in the Bandar Salaam community for 13 years. In high school, she began volunteering at Bandar Salaam’s Community Center, tutoring young residents in the Study Stars after-school learning program. As a resident and a volunteer, she gives back to the same CHW community she has called home for most of her life.
To me, home and community mean an environment that teaches and aids you to become a powerful individual who will later be beneficial to that same home and community.
Volunteering at her CHW Community Center aided her personal growth, helping her become more confident through her connection with her young students. “I was always shy and withdrawn from everyone until I started tutoring at Bandar Salaam,” she says. “I was able to get to know most of the students and form bonds with them… I have learned from the students I have tutored just as much as they learned from me.”
Kalthum’s drive to give back to her CHW community as a volunteer tutor is not only an expression of her community ideals, it is a testament to how important education is to her. “I am motivated to pursue a college education because of the sacrifices my parents made just to be able to give us an opportunity to create a better future for ourselves,” she says.
Kalthum recently got accepted to San Diego State University as a Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences major, and plans to continue serving her community in her future career. “I wish to become an audiologist so that I can help people with hearing and lisp problems.”
“I am proud of the woman I have become.”
Congratulations to Kalthum, a super star resident volunteer with a strong sense of self and a passion for giving back!