Posted on 07/06/2010 @ 01:06 PM
On Friday, Impact: Boston held a Site Presentation Luncheon to eat and share presentations about the work they've been doing at their eight different sites. It was a wonderful opportunity for all the teens to speak to the other participants about the work they've been doing at their sites and how it has affected them. We were joined by liaisons from several of our Partner Sites, who praised the teens for their work. The entire Impact community dined, smiled, laughed, and talked about their great experiences. The room was filled with cheers and laughter, and tears were shed as we bid farewell to the site liaisons with whom we had bonded so deeply.
The site presentations began with the Waltham Police Department Kvutzah ('group') talking about taking initiative in working for a cause one feels is worthwhile and important. GWArc and WCI spoke about making a difference in the lives of the people they worked with at the sites. The Waltham Fields Community Farms Kvutzah shared the fulfilling feeling they felt when they saw a completely changed farm landscape, reflecting all of the hard work they had done.
Horizons for Homeless Children Kvutzah and City Mission Society Kvutzah taught everyone about the state of homelessness in Boston and about the dangers of making assumptions and labeling people. The Youth Force Kvutzah spoke about the importance of teen jobs and the change that can be made with persistence and teaching others about a cause. The Spare Change News Kvutzah documented their journey in Boston: beginning with panhandling on the streets, to talking about issues with a minister, to selling newspapers, to writing articles for a newspaper. The site liaisons thanked them for making an impact on their organizations and for doing such great, important work at all of their sites. Many teens were in tears as they spoke about the profound change their sites had on them and how they plan to incorporate what they've learned at Impact: Boston into their lives back at home.