We are highlighting track and field volunteer -turned M-NCPPC employee-Aisha Ferguson. Aisha started as a volunteer with the Track and Field Summer Day Camp at the Wayne Curry Sports and Learning Center in 2018. She began volunteering with hopes of obtaining her student service learning hours needed to graduate from Dr. Henry Wise High School in 2020. Aisha says her assignment was to work with children during camp hours. “I might learn something, so I tried it. And, I actually liked it,” said Aisha. It was something new but turned out to be the perfect opportunity. “I actually enjoyed working with kids, so it was a good experience for me.,” said Aisha. The experience even helped her figure out what she wanted to study in college. Currently she is enrolled at Anne Arundel Community College majoring in Nursing. Her volunteer opportunity was so enjoyable that she applied for a paid summer position. “It's like I am getting paid for something that I actually want to do,” said Aisha. Aisha was later hired as a seasonal employee for the Daycare Center at the Sports and Learning Center. Even as a volunteer for Aisha, M-NCPPC felt something like home. “I feel like I came into a big family. Everyone was already working together, they really brought me in,” she added. “The thing that really sold me was working with kids,” she said.
Aisha is a great example of someone who started off not knowing what to expect, gave it her all as a volunteer and now is a paid employee within our organization. Looking to the future, she says she can definitely see herself growing within the organization.