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Apartment Living….

Sep 26, 2012 by

Apartment Living….

Its nice to feel like I have my own place again. Brittany’s apartment has a washer and dryer in it, that is not being used by 7 other people and is within an arms reach from my own closet. Ahhhh simple pleasures. Last night when I got out of work I was able to stop by the grocery store, pick up some fresh veggies, make myself a stirfry, and sit in the quiet apartment sipping wine and working on editing pictures. It was a beautiful thing. Of course I miss home and all things comfortable and familiar, but I am loving this opportunity and all the new experiences that it brings with it.

The apartment complex also has two swimming pools, a hot tub that is open all year, free starbucks coffee in the office and is pet friendly. More importantly, the apartment itself has a giagntic bath tub! Oh how I have missed having a bath tub!

I am really enjoying this adventure so far.

 
Here’s a glimpse of the complex I am living in…

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Double Duty!

Sep 25, 2012 by

Double Duty!

So part of my work at College Summit is acting as their resident photog and documenting our events and stuff. This is really cool for me as a photographer because I can get my hands on some really neat photo and video editing software. This morning I got some quick training on some video editing stuff that will be really cool to take back to my “other life” as a wedding photographer and put together some video clips for my clients.

This week I am working on putting together a bunch of College Summit clips from the year, summer session and our current kids to show to some big-wig investors who are interested in what we do here at College Summit. Hopefully I figure out what Im doing enough to make a semi powerful presentation for them.

Aside from being able to use these new skills in my “other life” and take them back to NY with me someday, I am really excited to be working in the non-profit sector and with some other social service groups because I’m not entirely positive that I will ever be able to find another teaching job. This is teaching me all kinds of new skills and opening up lots of other options of ways to help kids.

Thank you Google 🙂

Although, today I spent alot of time on Google Maps plotting out the distances between my job sites and calculating minutes and miles so that I can be reimbursed later by AmeriCorps…. wow, I’m going to be doing a ton of driving.  Here’s the chart I spent way too long researching and creating this morning so that I can properly calculate my miles.

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Making connections.

Sep 24, 2012 by

We had a group of 30 kids sit down over pizza today with a man who has been a college professor for 50 years. He was  a close personal friend of Martin Luther King Jr when he was a young man, closely studied the teachings of Ghandi and actually had several conversations with him, and also worked with Cesar Chavez for a time. his life experiences were phenomonal and the kids really took a liking to this grandfatherly looking gentleman who had a keen sense of humor and sarcasm. it was really funny to watch him put some of our kids in their place! He talked to them about chasing your dreams, about college and creating a college culture in their schools. he connected their feelings of self-doubt to their cultures and their race, explaining why they should never use that as an excuse to skip out on success. I was really impressed by his life experiences and probably was more excited about meeting this guy than the kiddos were. What a great day!

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Weekly recap: Week 1

Sep 23, 2012 by

Weekly recap: Week 1

I walked into the College Summit office to find this on the door to my office space on Friday morning. This is a great way to start the day. Image

I can’t wait to see what interesting things this opportunity is going to bring my way. Check out my office space. There’s the window where I can see the Denver skyline, and my very own, big girl desk. Image

I had a few projects already this week to accomplish. I had to create and implement a presentation about how education can help you to follow your dreams, even when they seem unreachable. Also, I spent time with a bunch of schools this week talking to kids, meeting the principals and hanging out with the College Summit staff who are in the process of showing me all the best places to eat in Denver. Image

Here’s some of my kiddos presenting their “I am” poems…. so powerful. Image

Ryan’s went something like this: “I am from theives and broken dreams, I am from bad role models and detention centers. I am from spicy fried chicken wings and loud music. I am a regular kid. I am from CHSC. I am from GEDs and drop outs. I am from mothers who get high and fathers who don’t stay. I am from hope. I am from….” This kid has been in lots of trouble in the last few years, has very little family support, and recently decided that he wants to change his life around. He will be attending the State College in the fall. 🙂

 

This week I am feeling hopeful, anxious for more responsibility within the organization, stressed about leaving home, and excited to get settled and have a normal routine. 

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Team Service Day!

Sep 22, 2012 by

Team Service Day!
 
Today our whole Denver CBPYT team went out to Northfield Pond Park to rebuild some trails and clear some of the vegetation away from the water drainage ponds. It was a fabulously beautiful sunny day and we worked efficiently with Denver Parks and Recreation (thanks guys for your tools and all your help!)

Our Team

I officially have my very first AmeriCorps blisters…. on every surface of my hands.

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