NOTE: Ahmad is a new fellow. The Librii staff invited him to write a post that expresses what Librii looks like from the perspective of someone who just signed up.
Hello - my name is Ahmad Woodard, I am a 2016 graduate of Anacostia senior high school, I am 18 years old, a native Washingtonian, and a new Librii Fellow.
It’s human nature to want the space and the opportunity to be free and express ourselves, however we see fit. But in most cases, we are prohibited from the opportunity to freely express ourselves because of various stipulations, such as: rules/guidelines, the status quo, what others may think of you, being different, the condemnation of others, societal norms, and more!
We have all heard the cliché, thinking outside the box. In my experience this does not apply to Librii. From the moment that you connect to Librii’s mission, you quickly realize that they are not here to tamper with your work or belittle your creativity. There is no box; here I am free to express myself.
I am not fearful of making a mistake - or even failure - because of the solid foundation that Librii has constructed for me. By offering support and open-mindedness to what the fellows are working on, we are able to operate without judgement or condemnation.
There are a several significant things for me to look forward to part as part of Librii! I’m excited about meeting new people and starting an everlasting relationship with them. Enhancing my character, personality, artistic expression, creativity, and my intellect. Improving basic/worldly skills such as a hard work ethic, time management, dedication, and flexibility.
Another opportunity that I am looking forward to is my “tour.” At Librii, a tour is a self-defined learning goal, that you dedicate yourself to completing over a fixed period of time. I have made a decision to tour on poetry. The outcome of my tour specifically is to have a book filled poems that I wrote during my time working at Librii, but the larger goal of my tour is to become a better poet and elevate my writing skills.
Finally, it’s exciting to receive guidance and help from the community of people that are here to accommodate me. Specifically, I look forward to working with my mentor. Librii pairs each fellow with a mentor who has expertise in the area of their tour. Despite having a few mentors already in my life, I am still excited and thankful for the opportunity, because as another old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Being given a mentor and so many other people to guide me is key to attaining the future success that I aspire to.
I expect to learn different perspectives and culture from this experience, and to be able to use skills that I have learned from this organization to make a difference in my family, community, church, city, country, and the world.
By: Ahmad Woodard, Librii Fellow