"What I have learned from Morgan is that no one is perfect, but that by allowing ourselves to learn from sometimes tricky situations we are growing into the best version of ourselves and we are better for this growth. I look forward to seeing what this mindset will prove to allow Morgan to do in the coming years of her life."
Coach Sophie, Playworks site coordinator, Houston, Texas
While working at a Houston elementary school, Coach Sophie met Morgan on the playground. Morgan was courageous and fearless, but she struggled with coming across as bossy. She often got upset during situations where things didn’t go her way. As Coach Sophie worked with her during recess and Junior Coach trainings, she began to realize that Morgan could become more aware of her responses and develop the ability to speak on behalf of her emotions when dealing with conflicts.
One day, Morgan and a fellow Junior Coach, Yul, were noticeably at odds with one another. Instead of immediately getting upset at Yul for going to a teacher to tell on Morgan, Morgan asked Yul why he had not spoken to her about it. The two ended up talking for the entire recess and came to a decision that they would speak to one another before running to an adult when upset.
Through Junior Coach trainings, one-on-one conversations, and positive reinforcement, Morgan gets along with others. Coach Sophie says she’s even caught her being a peer mediator on the playground.
All it took was someone believing in her and giving her that chance--the chance to shine like the leader she was.