ADAM COUNTEE | Saturday Volunteer

Saturday volunteer Adam Countee assists CPNYC program participants with a variety of work, proving that contributions of all sizes make a difference.
It is my sincere belief and hope in life that anyone can make a difference just by showing up. These kids are worth it!

Bio:  Adam Countee was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. After studying English at Georgetown University, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in filmmaking. He currently resides there with his wife and works as a screenwriter and television producer. His credits include the shows "Community," "The Mindy Project" and "Silicon Valley." 

Date you started Volunteering
March 2016.

What inspired you to get involved with CPNYC?
I was in New York on a temporary basis and was looking to get involved with an organization dedicated to helping kids. I’d heard through a friend about the incredible work that CPNYC was doing and I was eager to join up!

How have you served as a volunteer?
I attended Saturday tutoring sessions with the kids of CPNYC at the Bedford-Stuyvesant location. Together we did homework, read books and had a little fun on the basketball court.

Share your most memorable moment as a volunteer.
My most memorable moment as a volunteer was probably when Angelia, the student I was working with, finally stopped saying she “didn’t get” her math homework and finally decided to give it a try. She realized she knew a lot more than she thought she did. It was exciting to see Angelia surprise even herself and discover just how bright she truly is!

What are some lessons you have learned through this process?
My time at CPNYC was shorter than I had hoped, since I had to return to my home in Los Angeles. But in the short time I was there I learned so much from the incredible students and staff. Most notably, I learned that, as with most things in life, patience is key. The students were more often than not resistant to doing their homework… what kid wouldn’t be?! But I found that when I stayed on them and showed them I wasn’t going anywhere, they ultimately came around and applied themselves.

What advice would you offer to future volunteers?
I only was able to offer a small contribution to this great program, so I’d like to think that every little bit helps. It is my sincere belief and hope in life that anyone can make a difference just by showing up. These kids are worth it!