Teen volunteers time at Girls Inc.

September 09, 2011|By MARIE GILBERT |
  • Taylor Barnhart was one of six girls chosen to be a junior volunteer for the summer camp program at Girls Inc. of Washington County.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

Bored isn't a word you'll find in Taylor Barnhart's vocabulary.

Well-rounded, curious, active, involved — but not bored.

She plays sports, including volleyball, softball and basketball.

She is a musician who has performed in her school orchestra and chorus.

She spent the day with a congresswoman, marched in the Alsatia Mummers Parade and has done a lot of traveling, including a trip to New York City.

She's an honor society student who says she wants to "learn everything I can whenever I can."

And she's 13 years old.

This summer, the Maugansville teen added another accomplishment to her already impressive resume.

She was a junior volunteer for the summer camp program at Girls Inc. of Washington County.

Taylor was one of six girls selected to participate as a junior volunteer, said Barb Martin, the organization's volunteer coordinator and program counselor.

"Role modeling good behavior and being a friend were paramount in the qualities we were seeking from the girls," Martin said. 

Responsibilities included lending a hand at the pool, leading girls to and from vans, assisting in the classroom, helping with arts and crafts, and preparing snacks.

Each volunteer had to be an eighth-grader or older and went through an interview process, Martin said.

Taylor, a ninth-grader at North Hagerstown High School, said she has been attending Girls Inc. for about eight years.

"I always wanted to do volleyball and basketball, and at Girls Inc., I was given the opportunity to do that," she said. "My mom and my friends also encouraged me to go."

Today, she's glad she did.

"Most of my friends are friends I've made through Girls Inc.," she said. "All the girls there are like family."

Taylor said she enjoyed being part of the summer camp and found it fulfilling "because the girls there make it fulfilling."

"I helped girls by showing them that Girls Inc. is a place for opportunities for your future," she said.

Since first coming to Girls Inc., Martin said Taylor has grown to be a "very confident young lady. She participated in our volleyball and basketball programs, and now plays at the high school level."

"All of us here at Girls Inc. are very proud of Taylor," Martin added.

Taylor said her current goals include getting a good education.

"My plans are to go to college and then to get involved with physical therapy," she said.

In addition to sports, she enjoys listening to music, playing her violin, attending Maryland Symphony Orchestra concerts and "hanging with friends."

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