Karran is a tutor at 21st Century After School Program through his AmeriCorps placement at Urban League in Springfield. Karran works with elementary school aged children at Lee School. There he tutors and mentors youth, helping them with homework and reading. He also has taught many of the youth how to play basketball and acts as a role model that they can trust. When asked what impact volunteering has had on his life, Karran responded “These kids really help me out more than I help them out.” He also says that the kids have taught him patience which has really helped him in school
Karran is working on getting his Associates in Arts - Music and Audio Production from Lincoln Land Community College. Karran says that he really enjoys his work because he understands the kids. He says that he grew up in a single parent household and that his mom pushed him to keep busy from an early age on. She enrolled him in multiple music programs throughout his childhood and got him involved in multiple community programs. He is thankful to her for that because it gave him multiple positive role models that helped guide him. He says that is what kept him out of trouble and has made him the man he is today. Now he is giving back by being a positive role model to the kids at 21st Century.
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