Before working for Future Global Leaders, Brooke had some experience working with youth, but not in a live-in position.
She wanted to take that next step for her professional development, and also wanted to live in Vancouver and experience the diversity and vibrancy of the city. From working as a live-in monitor, Brooke is proud not only of the skills she has fostered, but of the confidence she has gained to use those skills in action. “For me, it has been very rewarding having students confide in me, and ask me for advice,” she says, “because my team has created a positive space where they feel welcomed and safe.”
Brooke studies philosophy and environmental studies at the University of Victoria, and as a visitor to Vancouver, has found her supervisors and co-workers in the Future Global Leaders program to be welcoming and inclusive. “If you are looking to become a live-in monitor, there will be a place for you,” she says. She explains that because there are such diverse students with diverse needs, an array of different staff is needed to be able to support them. The connections that she has made with students and staff have been the most valuable part of her experience.
Best memory as a live-in monitor for Future Global Leaders 2019:
“On the first night that the students got here, I’d try to take as many of them as I could to get ice cream at Rain or Shine. And then on the last night of the program, I’d take them back to Rain or Shine, and we’d go to the Rose Garden and watch the sun set and talk about what they learned and what they would take home with them—it was really a full circle experience for all of us.”