By Yael Waxman,

Or Hadash

I am proud to be a TAP teen and to be able to help those who need a little extra encouragement and support. So many times children – and adults – with special needs or developmental and mental differences are disregarded and pushed aside. If I am able to make a difference, even in one person’s life through TAP, all the long hours and late nights would be worth it. I feel so proud to be a part of this wonderful community and I am continuously surprised and inspired by those who come to teach, learn, and share their stories. The fact that I now have the tools to be able to help those who need it is incredible.

A big reason I am so proud to be a TAP teen is because we not only learn how to help kids with special needs, we actually take action to work with kids with special needs. Almost all of us work at our synagogues’ Sunday Schools and help with kids with developmental disabilities. It’s empowering to help kids in our communities and to know that we really do make a difference. I am so glad I am a TAP teen and I wear that badge with pride.