Being Part of the Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Community

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Have you ever been involved in a club or activity that has a big impact in your life? I have, and it has a big influence in my life. I wouldn't say that I'm a pious Catholic girl, but I think that I have a lot of dedication when it comes to my church. Therefore, my extracurricular activity that is most important to me is the Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Community (VEYC). Although I was forced to join it at first, my relationship has grown stronger with the members there. My time and contribution to the VEYC is to help the next generation of children become better citizen.

Being a part of VEYC has made me a better person. The counselors at the VEYC taught me good manners. It wasn't just Sunday-school learning all the time; we have lots of fun also. We go on camping trips and picnics. Every summer, we launch a camping trip where we have bon fires, competitive games, and knowledge contests.

The first night at the camping grounds, we set up the tents, and then we have a midnight game or storytelling after dinner. In the morning, we have the physical challenge such as eating watermelon, tug-a-war, potato sack race, and many more. As brain teaser, we have biblical contest, cracking Morse codes and puzzles.

In the beginning, I had no idea what it was when my mom forced me to go. In the beginning I did not take the program seriously because I thought it was a just a place to baby-sit kids. As I grow older, I understood the commitment that the counselors have given to every one of us. If I did not join that program, I would have been a different person. Fortunately for me, having the opportunity to be with other kids and also being part of VEYC, helped me to become a better person.

Now that I am 17 years old, I show my gratitude by contributing my time to the next generation of kids. I was indecisive about taking the responsibility at first, but until I took a training class for it, I learned that being a counselor in the VEYC makes a big difference in the life of a child. Instead of kids hanging out causing trouble, they're in this program making their lives more productive and meaningful. As a counselor now, I am supposes to teach the children but I am actually the one learning from them. Besides being involved with kids and teens, we also do fund raising, charity, and community work. Volunteering makes me feel real good about myself.

The Vietnamese Eucharist Youth Community is one of my routine that I have to go to every Sunday and it is a big part of my life. It had made me a better person and my parents are proud of me. At VEYC, I feel like part of a family with people that love having me around and I love helping children. I hope that I will further have VEYC as part of my life and to make it a part of others as well.