Service with a Smile

I have so many things to post about I can’t even begin to think about it, so real quick I’m gonna just recap the last few events and post a few pictures and pretend that gives you all some insight into the craziness that is my life.

January brought lots of service projects for AmeriCorps: we have started a canned food drive in preparation for our Global Youth Service day (in April) hunger and homelessness projects, we held a book drive which massed over 8,000 books to be donated to local organizations including libraries and schools, we marched in the MLK marade on MLK day through downtown Denver in support of civil rights and activism….whew! As if that wasn’t enough to keep any gal busy, I was also a part in planning for our January AmeriCorps retreat day which allowed us time to reflect and re-energize as a group….

Also, at College Summit we are in the midst of planning our annyal fundraising Gala which is a pretty big deal I understand. Additionally we just held our second Peer Leader Initiative training at Denver University, which involved over 120 kids and their teachers and counselors.

Needless to say, its been a crazy, hectic and super fast month. Things have flown by and time is slipping away quickly. Its hard to believe I have already been serving with AmeriCorps for almost 6 months!

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January is a time for all things new

I love the start of a new year. I always start out in January full of renewed ambition and energy. Unfortunately my January has started out a bit slowly since I’ve had what can only be referred to as THE.WORST.COLD.EVER! So unfun.

Other than that though, I have had a really busy month planning for our super-awesome AmeriCorps retreat which is coming up this Friday! We’re having a day long get-together with our whole AmeriCorps CBPYT team to do fun team-building activities, share a yummy meal and just sort of regroup for the second half of our year. It should be really great.

Additionally I am in the midst of planning for a Global Youth Service Day event, which is a world wide contribution of youth doing awesome things for their communities in April. My youth are participating in a Hunger and Homelessness awareness night, since Denver has a really prevelant problem with homelessness. My kiddos are partnering with the YESS institute kids (CBPYT member Helen P. is planning with me) and the Rescue Mission to make blankets for the patrons of theĀ four Denver Rescue Mission Shelters. It should be a really powerful night where we bring in speakers to talk to the kids, watch a relevant movie (Maybe the Blind Side) and give the blankets to a representitive from the Rescue Mission. I’m pretty excited about it, and it seems to be coming together nicely.

I’m feel hopeful for good things to come in 2013 and excited to be able to share my adventures with all of you.