IMPACT: Boston Day 2
Posted on 06/23/2014 @ 09:00 PM
Looking around the room this morning at breakfast, participants were still on a high from yesterday's excitement of arriving, meeting new people and making new friends. But once the buses returned from their service sites this afternoon, the atmosphere completely changed.
After lunch, everyone's energy was high, as the teens were active within their circle groups. Participants talked about what their experiences at their service sites were and engaged in team-building exercises. Going from activity to activity, I saw the excitement of each participant build as they soon discovered that what they would be doing at Impact would have an outlasting effect on their lives and the communities they're helping.
This is one of the most selfless groups of teenagers I've ever seen at a BBYO program, and I couldn't be prouder to work with such an inspiring group of people. Being in BBYO for four years, I've experienced the ups and downs of this incredible organization, but I was never able to experience the influence that IMPACT: Boston has on the participants.
After finishing my first year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I decided that I wanted to staff IMPACT: Boston to understand the incredible things that I've heard about this program. I couldn't be happier with the decision that I made to be a Madricha. I look forward to spending the next two weeks bonding with participants, doing volunteer work in Boston, and truly finding the meaning of giving back to one's community.
By Samantha Dorenfeld
IMPACT: Boston Madricha