Sociology: Nature versus Nurture and Edna Martins Essay

Submitted By mel18
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My Sociological Involvement Working with kids and getting along with them has always been my dream, but then I realized that these people can be fun to be with, at the same time hard to deal with. Volunteering with the Edna Martin’s Christian Center has opened my eyes to the different social class and the Nature Vs Nurture thing. The Edna Martins Christian Center is all about helping the community, and to bridge cultural, racial, and economic differences in order to support and nurture the people in the community by providing holistic programs that empower, encourage, and engender a vision of hope. They get people to help the children do their home work or assist them do their school work and especially those not doing well in school and doesn’t get enough help from their parents when it comes to doing school work, they have them practice and understand that part they have trouble with at school. The Edna martins have a way of helping parents by giving the kids what maybe their parents can’t afford or what the parents don’t care about, but yet the kids want it. On my first day at the center, which was Friday; that is the day where all the kids get the chance to play however they want so I didn’t do a lot of work, but those kids can be hand full by the way they play and run around. I was outside watching them and telling them to stop the dangerous play they were playing. It was very interesting because they got warmed up to me pretty fast, that on the second day I went there, I became their significant other. After they finished playing they came inside and started to play game and afterward, they had a time with Jesus; lead by one of the teacher, who seem very mean, but yet she was extremely nice, then they had dinner and went home with the school bus that brought them. The second day I went there, the story changed because it was on Thursday, no play that day because they have to do their home work and study too for the next day. The kids knew me and wanted me to help them with their home work which I did and they were very excited, afterwards they had dinner and left. It was like that every time I went there, but was different during the Halloween weekend, which they did a party and called it “hallelujah party”. On Thursday, we went to a farm on the north side of I465 to get pumpkins for the kids, we had great fun, but it was freezing cold and we did not dress very warm, so that makes it bad for me. There is one thing that I learnt from working with the Edna Martins center, being strict with kids and forcing them to learn is not wickedness. The theory of social economic class and socialization is well applied in Edna Martins organization; they tackle the area of poverty and how to elevate it. There are so many families out there who have no job and cannot give of their own family a good care that is where the organization comes in. Now, let’s talk about the set of kids that goes to this place for help; they are mostly African American, probably from a family with no qualified education and even from single parents who deals on drugs and have no time for the kids, so Edna Martins help the kids and play the role of the significant other in their life. Looking at the organization, I can assume that the cause of poverty among this people is as a result of their race; firstly, how did I know this? The entire workers and the people who volunteered there where all African American and a few Hispanic people, so that automatically tells me that this people here are from low income family. Secondly, the way the children dresses and there was boy who had some skin infection all over his body and it was constantly itching him and he never took his hands off his body, that just remind me of the discussion in class that talks about the health care system. Even though, the child might be a United State citizen, it’s possible that his parents are not eligible for health care benefit; as a result that child cannot be given a proper