by Austin Canales
I've never before had an experience teaching. It was something I felt that I could do, however I never saw myself as being knowledgable enough to teach anybody anything. I was utterly amazed at the experience I had teaching the middle school students at MS 113 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn at Camp SALT. I had never seen so much potential displayed by a group of young kids ages 9 to 13.
However, that wasn’t all. I fell in love with the community of Fort Greene. The diversity of people and cultures that were there was something I had not seen before, not in my neighborhood at least. I have grown up without much privilege and opportunity. I didn’t have so many available experiences in a single neighborhood. I didn’t have as diverse of a school, as friendly of a basketball court, and as united of a community. I only spent about four days there, but I felt at ease walking through the neighborhood. It was an amazing experience. I hope more like it come in the future.