Archive for November, 2009

What’s Your Story? First Session!

Our first session of What’s Your Story? happened today! It was a great success, with a turn out of seven middle schoolers. Our deal with Ms. Miller, an English teacher at the local Tse’Bit’Ai Middle School, proved useful as she’s giving her students extra credit to come to our sessions. While it was tough to get the group to open up and pay attention, they really identified with what we were talking about. Our program started off with explaining why stories are important. Then describing how each person is a hero on their own journey, full of challenges to overcome. Then we brainstormed emotions that stop us from taking action and facing those challenges, which a lot of the kids could identify with, and even learning new words, like “apathy”. After we got those emotions, we figured out what helps us get over those, breaking through the wall created by fear, self-doubt, apathy, isolation, and inertia. Then they got to do some skits that reflected moments in their life when they felt these emotions, going back to the challenge, choice, outcome structure of stories. All in all very successful, so next week we’ll see how these teens can use their life story in this structure while keeping these emotions in line.

November 24, 2009 at 3:02 am Leave a comment

Our First Event!

The Art Rally was pretty amazing. During our stay here, Erin and I have had to adjust to “Navajo Time”, meaning people are generally late, minimum half-hour. And this event proved no different. We barely finished setting up before people started coming in, but volunteers had a lot of fun spray-painting and drawing before they came.

Cris Spray Painting

What would you change about Shiprock?

The spray paint station was a big hit, lots of kids skateboarded in to do that and the sidewalk chalk.  The drawing and painting stations got a lot of creative inputs as well! Colin, one of our volunteers, started a piece called “What do you want Shiprock to look like?” and lots of kids put their ideas into the mural.

What would you change about Shiprock?

Our ideas board slowly became filled with people’s thoughts ranging from waste management to internet, solar power to animal shelters, and coffeeshops to parks. We’re now going to track down the Chapter House officials, show them this board and then get a meeting with them for the youth of Shiprock.

What would you change about Shiprock?

At the renewable energy table, I had a lot of great conversations with parents, kids, former coal mine employees and even the former Chapter House president! I told them some interesting facts about how a new coal mine would impact the community in terms of job creation, carbon emission, water impacts, and price per kilowatt hour verses a renewable source mix of wind and solar. One parent changed her mind about how the coal plant would benefit the community and the former employee agreed, after a long conversation, that it was up to our generation to make the transition.

What would you change about Shiprock?

What would you change about Shiprock?

What would you change about Shiprock?

What would you change about Shiprock?

November 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Transitioning

This week, it feels like we’re really getting into the swing of the campaign. Finally done with visioning and planning, we have everything set up and ready to go for our first program and first event. Now is the time for gathering our team and doing massive outreach. Our first volunteer meeting was a disaster, only two people came, but it ended up being a great conversation about what we really want to accomplish here, what we’re inspired by and basically letting loose all the information we’ve learned over the past two months. After that, Erin and I pulled it together for a second volunteer meeting, getting 7 people there! Plus we met with another who couldn’t make that one. Now we’ve got 8 volunteers for this event, plus a commitment from them to get 8 more. Team building accomplished.

Now for outreach, Sierra came with Erin and I to meet with the principals and counselors of all the middle schools and high schools in Shiprock. There’s five and all were very excited and enthusiastic about our projects. They’re offering for us to come to classes and speak, hang flyers around, and even speak in front of the whole school assembly! Not surprising, we looked like dorks, but that’s ok because the response was great. Here’s a video of Erin, Sierra and I at Shiprock High:

November 12, 2009 at 6:16 pm Leave a comment

UPCOMING EVENTS!

What’s Your Story?

Be the voice of our generation! Learn how to craft your personal story to motivate others.

Monday, Nov 16th. Boys and Girls Club. 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

ReEnergize Art Rally

What do you want Shiprock to look like? Come paint, tag, make beats, and re-envision the future of our community.

Saturday, Nov 21st. Diné College Gym. 12pm – 5pm.

November 8, 2009 at 8:53 pm 1 comment

At the Halloween Carnival!

Erin and I had a booth at the Boys and Girls Halloween Festival. Packed with community members, we “face-painted the future!”

Halloween Carnival!

Face Painting!

 

November 7, 2009 at 2:44 am Leave a comment

Take a look at this:
http://www.youthnoise.com/playcity/blog/view/19761

November 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm Leave a comment


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