Posted on 07/19/2013 @ 05:35 PM
Now, nearing the halfway point of this program, we feel more comfortable with one another and have cultivated meaningful relationships. Thursday night, we continued to explore and share our views on pressing political issues. We were all given an empty pie chart and five pressing social issues, including abortion, affirmative action, and LGBTQ rights. We then divided up the pie chart by how much we cared, either in favor for or against a specific issue.
After completing the pie chart, we tie-dyed our impact t-shirts. During this time, many teens hung out outside of the Hillel building shooting hoops. I got to see another perspective from some of my friends.
This morning my group of eight teens went to our service site, A Wider Circle, which is located in Silver Springs, Maryland. The organization aims to eradicate poverty by supplying people transitioning into homes with furniture, clothing, and the skills needed to find and keep a job. Therefore, today we helped move dressers and other heavy objects from their store room upstairs to the display room. Here, the clients look for the exact items they want to bring home. Next, we volunteers help to load these items from the loading dock into their trucks. Personally, my favorite experience was seeing a client’s face after I told her she can take any of the TV sets available. In addition, we have met other teens from the local neighborhood who are also volunteering to help these families.
In this first half of Impact: DC I have developed better advocacy skills, become more understanding of the homeless population, and made close relationships with teens from across the country. I am excited to hone my skills in the second half of this program!
-Ethan Shire, Westchester Region.