Darian has worked at and been a part of the Voice of Hope family for a little over a year. In that short time, she has taken on many roles and responsibilities helping whenever and however she can. Darian has served as a Site Leader, Development Assistant, and is currently working as a
Program Associate with the 6th through 8th grade youth.
Darian and her scholars have had a busy summer with full days of activities and many field trips. She has led her students through 8 weeks of Investment curriculum and deep diving into the 6 virtues. They traveled to several colleges and conducted extensive research on higher education and worked on career plans.
Darian sees each day how critical the services are that Voice of Hope provides.
“Voice of Hope is important to me because of the service it provides to the youth of the community. Voice of Hope means a safe place for kids in West Dallas to come and finish homework, learn about God and just be kids without the worries and pressures they so commonly face in this neighborhood,” she says.
Darian has built relationships with her students and has been an exemplary mentor. She strives for life-long connections with both her students and their families. She states that she learns as much from them as they do from her as they provide her the opportunity to see life from their perspective.
I asked Darian what her favorite memory or experience has been at Voice of Hope and she says she has many, but that one especially stands out in her mind and heart.
My favorite memory at Voice of Hope is when I was able to work with a student in my class who initially viewed herself in a negative light. I was consistent in working with her, sharing God's love for her and teaching her how God saw her. Throughout the summer, I began to see her grow and smile more, express that she was beginning to see herself as God saw her and just began to feel more hopeful overall. We had a girls’ day and I brought in hair supplies to help her learn how to do her hair. When I finished helping her with her hair, she looked at her reflection in the mirror and her eyes lit up. In that moment, she began to realize that she was in fact as beautiful as God says she is. From that day forward, she has been more confident, outgoing and has continued to remind herself of her worth, value and true beauty.
Through experiences like these, Darian has grown as a Christian and educator. Working with teens has encouraged her to challenge herself and she is grateful for this opportunity. She is proud to be a part of Voice of Hope’s rich history of serving the community and providing Christian curriculum and teachings. Voice of Hope is often the only place many of the students and families are exposed to the Gospel and the story of Christ. Some of these families stay with Voice of Hope for multiple generations and Darian is inspired to see the deep impact the mission and vision has on these lives.
One of the interesting facts about Darian that few at Voice of Hope know, is that she traveled with her military family but while living in Colorado, she was a cowgirl. She loved to ride horses, give lessons and barrel racing. Her first horse was named Teddy and she loved barrel racing with him.
Stories of Hope
Voice of Hope is proud to share a series of stories through this year that will tell the history of Voice of Hope and what a tremendous impact your support has had in the community and so many lives.