Monday, August 15, 2011

High School Leadership Retreat

I have mentioned quite a few times that I absolutely love my job.  I work for a non profit organization called Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference.

Our organization focuses on training youth {k-12} to recognize areas of need in their community and make a change.  We train them how to volunteer - feeding the homeless, packing emergency bags for children picked up by CPS, stocking up local food banks, drives, ect.  They raise money, they organize drives to collect items - and here is the key... they are doing it - with some assistance from us!  We are training and developing leaders.

This year, we launched clubs in our high schools.  Each of the area high schools has their own Hands4Hope club to get kids involved.  The leaders (President, VP, Treasurer, & Secretary) all came with the organization's founder and myself to our first High School Leadership retreat.

It was amazing.  Challenge courses, break out sessions with leadership training from some of the best people in their industries, and we ended with a high ropes course.  The retreat was 3 days long... and it was a blast.  I bonded with some of the coolest teenagers and watched them become a cohesive team.  Many of them didn't know each other before the camp, and after, they were their own little family! :)
{Jen is our founder, and she did the course!}
{& participated in every activity - even blind folded! Isn't she cool?}
{40 feet up!}
{you jump off and ring the bell}
{we told stories by the campfire}

I always wanted to have a career where I felt involved in the community... and I have found it :)  Jen is passionate, determined, and has the biggest heart.  I love being on her team for such a fabulous cause!!

{thank you to one of our parent volunteers, Inga, for taking some of these photos!}

20 comments:

Rachel said...

Tracy, that is absolutely amazing. Having worked with teenagers myself, I know how inspiring they can be. Glad you are enjoying your career :).

MJ @ Teaching in Heels said...

What an amazing job!! And the founder of your company looks like the perfect person to be running a program like this :)

Shelley said...

That's so awesome! I would love to work for them too!

Liesl said...

How wonderful! I remember doing this when I was in high school and how great to be able to work with teenagers as an adult and be such an inspiration for them, and they you! Good for you!

Liesl :)

Leslee said...

Great job Tracy!

What a wonderful feeling to be helping our youth...

rinniez said...

What a great way to help the community now and well into the future!
Looks like you had a blast
:)
xx

Life With Lauren said...

Looks like you had a great time! Heights scare me like nothing else wow I could never have done that!

Ashley Auld said...

This sounds like an amazing organization! Let me know if you guys are even in need of volunteers, supplies, etc. :)

allison said...

wow this is my dream job!! good for you:)

Lauren said...

What an incredible job you get to do! The retreat sounds amazing!

Sarah Mina said...

That's awesome you get paid to touch other people's lives! Definitely a great reason to get up in the morning!

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Brandi @ Home Team Dreams said...

Very cool! I think it's so great to work for a place where you feel you're making a difference and doing something really amazing for the community :)

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

What an amazing opportunity! I would have been scared to death up there on that poll!

Married...with a Pup said...

SO cool! What an amazing and fulfilling job!

Bobbi said...

It's great that you're doing a job you love and love the people you work with! It doesn't always happen that way.

That course looks like fun!

Perfectly Imperfect said...

I can't even tell you how jealous I am of what you do right now. I have such a heart for teens (especially young girls) and want to get involved with them in some way. so cool of you to get out there with them!

Nicole Marie said...

i can't believe you got up on that pole. i would refuse.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

This all looks awesome! And you are so brave, I would be terrified up there!

Erin said...

What an amazing career path! I admire you so much- there needs to be more people like you out there! This looks like a wonderful retreat- I think I would cry if I was on top of that pole! Yikes!

Amanda said...

Looks like a great retreat! I'm impressed that you went up that high! Happy Friday, Tracy!