Loved working with the Girl Scouts for Kappa Delta's International Girls Day to help them earn their performance badge!
Shared my experience with community engaged learning with other HSSJ students
The last day of the conference was essentially the same as the first weekend, but again with many more participants. This was also the day I did the most reflecting of the challenges I faced at one conference but not the other, assessing the variation in the two events and the actions I took in different scenarios at each conference. While the programming stayed the same, it was interesting to see how I had to change my approach to organizing volunteers and coordinating logistic needs based on the situation.
Similarly to the first weekend on January 25-27, on day two of the conference I helped to coordinate the outing for all of the seminar’s participants as they visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC. This proved more difficult than the first time, as there were significantly more people, however I worked with the museum staff to make sure everyone got through security – the most difficult task of the day – in an orderly and timely fashion. It was interesting to be able to compare the difference another hundred or so participants makes in organizing an event of this size.
This was my second weekend working the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, this time working with a different team of volunteers. While each weekend uses the same programming, this seminar had a much larger number of participants with over 400 participants and chaperones. In addition, I was able to take on a greater leadership role this weekend as there were more volunteers helping to run the conference that I assisted in organizing.
My main responsibility on the last day of the conference was continuing to coordinate volunteers for programming as well as taking down and collecting any supplies we had used during programming from over the past three days at the conference. I also followed up with chaperones and participants to reflect on their weekend and organized a final staff meeting to assess any areas we excelled in as well as any areas we might need to focus on more for the next weekend.
Day two of the conference included a lot of the same tasks as day one, including setting up for programming and coordinating volunteers. On this day, I also helped organize an outing during which over 300 teens and their chaperones visited the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Martin Luther King Memorial in DC. This included keeping track of the locations of all 10 busses, staying in constant contact with chaperones, and coordinating timing with the bus drivers.
Upon arriving at the hotel for the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s L’Taken Social Justice Seminar, a lobbying conference for Jewish high schoolers from all across the country, my first task was to help set up for the event. Throughout the rest of the evening, I assisted in coordinating other volunteers to help with programming, set up, and other tasks as needed. At the end of the night, I helped lead a staff meeting to assess the day’s programming and go over the schedule for the following day.