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Justin Oswald, board member, on rafting with the kids

Pear - Creatively Mentoring Homeless Youth

Since the beginning, working with p:ear has been an adventure. I have been on the p:ear board for two years now, and although sometimes the logistics can be tedious and stressful, the end result and the people that p:ear influences always makes the whole experience worthwhile.
One amazing thing I do with p:ear is go on recreational trips from time to time. These are adventures of self-discovery for both me and for the kids. I wanted to go on these trips because I want to relate my development through p:ear to the kids’ development through p:ear. Working with p:ear has lead to many self-discoveries and adjustments to the way I perceive the world as well as the way I see myself in the world. In my eyes, we are endlessly trying to define ourselves by becoming confident and comfortable in our own skins. By having hands-on experiences with p:ear kids, I am able to see the progress of the hard work that we all put into the program. Sometimes taking the time to do the simplest things with the kids means the world, like taking kids rafting for the first time.