Andrea's Blog: Reasons Why Phone Calls Can Be Fun

Hello everyone! My name is Andrea Davis, and Podium is my senior internship through the VCU School of Social Work. I am currently placed at Armstrong High School, and have recently been making phone calls to our youth’s guardians. This is one of my favorite parts of the internship, and here’s why:

  1. Acquiring a real sense of what the guardians feel like is happening in their youth’s “at school” lives, and how they are doing in their “home lives”. I often hear stories from guardians that they are aware of how much their youth love to write, and they believe that Podium has increased their voices and expressions in writing.
  2. Numerous guardians often state how they see a direct correlation between their youth attending Podium and their academic success.

One of the youth’s guardians recently stated, “I appreciate you calling and letting me know, my son doesn’t like to tell me much about school, so I appreciate this.”

Statements like this truly show me that Podium is not only in place as a writing tool, but also a caring and safe place for our youth and guardians to interact in.

These are only a few reasons why I personally love calling my youths’ guardians.