“It takes a village to raise a child.” This statement would not mean much to most unless they had the chance to experience a community that helped out. My name is Zazie Lumpkin. I am a freshman, Computer Science major at Spelman College. After searching for an after-school program for my sister and I that would not break my mother’s pockets, she came across Operation P.E.A.C.E. Little did my family know, Operation P.E.A.C.E. was the biggest blessing to come.
My mother did not have to worry about weekly fees and my sister and I had assistance with homework, had the opportunity to go on exciting field trips, gained computer skills, and met life-long friends and mentors. There are many memorable moments that impacted my life. School has not always been a breeze for me. I had reading comprehension problems, which later lead to me being retained in the second grade. Even though, I was not a part of Operation P.E.A.C.E. yet, the program provided volunteers who assisted me with my homework and helped me gain a passion for learning and teaching others. This experience showed me that retention is not always bad. Now that I have graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA, and currently attend Spelman College, I have overcome my fear of reading comprehension.
When someone thinks about summer camp, the first thing that usual comes to mind is going on field trips and hanging out at the beach. But Operation P.E.A.C.E had an entrepreneurship program for teens that taught them the necessities to eventually help them start their own businesses. Over the first few weeks of camp, teens were put through several informational and training programs that promoted entrepreneurship. By the end of program, teens sold a food item that would help them grow a capital to start their businesses. Many teens do not get this opportunity and this made me very appreciative. Operation P.E.A.C.E. has not only been a blessing to me but a blessing to those around me.