“Do as much as you can, even if you don’t “feel” like it,” advises All Our Kids alum, MeLitta Wilson. At the young age of 23, she has accomplished quite a lot, and according to Wilson, she has only just begun. Armed with an undergraduate degree in elementary education and a Master’s degree focusing on literacy, Wilson is making strides to implement her own writing program for students. “I hope to really grow the program locally, statewide and who knows after that,” she says.
As a dedicated teacher, she works to inspire others to join in her passion for helping more kids. “I absolutely adore my job,” says Wilson. “I am not saying that it is easy by any means, but it is one of the most internally satisfying things I have ever done.” She credits All Our Kids for a lot of what she has achieved. “I am very appreciative because the program has opened many doors and it continues to contribute to my success,” she says.
In 2001, Wilson joined The Partnership’s All Our Kids program as a seventh grader at McMillan Middle School. Since that time, Wilson has stayed connected to the program as a scholarship recipient, a tutor, a volunteer and a walking testament to what youth organizations like the Partnership can do for kids. “All Our Kids has allowed me to be MeLitta,” she says. “Knowing who I am and what my aspirations are makes life enjoyable. I owe much of that internal satisfaction to All Our Kids.”
Wilson will return to school in the fall as a third grade teacher at Walnut Hill Elementary. In addition to teaching, Wilson says she will continue to tutor and also plans to become a mentor for the All Our Kids program. Eventually she would like to work in educational administration. She says she will continue working towards her goal and encourages others to do the same. “Find something you love and make it happen,” Wilson says. “Its not always easy, but it is worth it. You owe it to yourself and your future.”