First Niagara Foundation Intern Blog Post: Dayana Lituma-Solis

unnamed (6)Name: Dayana Lituma-Solis

Hometown: New Haven, CT

College and Major: Southern CT State University, Class of 2021, Communication Disorders

Tutoring Site: Willow Street

Club: Math 2 (Multiplication and Division)

Favorite Childhood Book:  Matilda by Roald Dahl


I previously tutored at New Haven Reads for over a year. As a student volunteer, I would arrive for my weekly tutoring hour and leave right afterwards, never really getting a chance to see the full extent of the programming and resources available at New Haven Reads.

Coming back to NHR as a summer intern,  working at the Willow Street site from Monday-Friday, has allowed me the opportunity to really grasp a profound understanding of the impact that New Haven Reads carries in the lives of New Haven’s brightest, youngest stars.

New Haven Reads carries so much more power in the lives of our young kids, and does so much more than just help our students learn to read. NHR instills values and skills in our children that they will carry on for a lifetime. We teach children to be patient, to be kind, to be compassionate of others, to be confident in their abilities, and in turn, lead by example in offering our students the most compassion in tutoring and/or other activities. At New Haven Reads, we set up kids to succeed for the long run.  

A recent experience in my tutoring sessions is what really opened up my eyes to the impact that NHR carries, in building confidence in young children from early ages. One of my students was very frustrated one day because she had previously struggled through her Lexia (online programming), and had completely given up on wanting to do anything afterwards. After I turned what was otherwise a frustrating, challenging experience for her into a fun game in which we worked precisely on the skills she was having trouble with (short “e,” long and short vowel sounds), I noticed a vast improvement in her knowledge. When I pointed it out to her, that she was doing so well and really learning quickly, the great difference in her demeanor and attitude was truly touching. All it took was a few words of encouragement, to turn an upside down smile into a huge grin and an overall happier, more confident learner. Being able to inspire these kids and to push them to reach their full potential, is truly a heartwarming experience; for myself and for the benefit of the individual child.

I would like to thank First Niagara for this amazing opportunity! I am so glad to be working with New Haven Reads and the brilliant students they serve. This internship is everything I wanted and more!

Thank you to the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank for generously funding six college-age interns at New Haven Reads this summer.

Categories First Niagara Summer Internship, News & Events | Tags: | Posted on July 19, 2018

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