Each week we catch up with an Ally or Staff Alum to see what life is like on “the other side” of the Apprenticeship. This week, we catch up with Tafarai Bayne, PA Los Angeles Ally AND Staff Alumnus. We recently caught up with him on facebook chat.
MacArthur: Where were you an Ally or Staffer, and how long were you there?
Tafarai: I was an Ally (at Public Allies Los Angeles) at Strategic Actions for a Just Economy. I was on staff (at Public Allies Los Angeles) for about 4 years, and I currently sit on the board of directors.
MacArthur: Think back to when you were staff, what Ally had the biggest impact on you, and why?
Tafarai: I think personally it was a young man named Michael Agyin. He was the first LA Ally at least who was hearing impaired. We had to make alot of adjustments as a program and I had to really push myself. It was already a learning process for me to just coach, but to coach a deaf ally was a whole ‘nother thing. I had to constantly be on my toes. There were times where we conducted whole sessions with a pen and paper and didn’t speak a word…
Tafarai: It really was a trip because I became so aware of language and communication and it’s impact on a person and a community — how comfortable we get and how we always have to be open to the challenge of clarity.
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