Sophomore Inspire Week at the Durango Youth Progressives Project Site
Our Final Video on Our Two Days at the Durango Youth Progressives Project Site:
For my sophomore inspire week, I chose to be apart of the Durango Youth Progressives. The first day when we started to learn about the program, we had two representatives come in and explain what the program and goal was. They also talked about their lives and how they got into politics and what they do as jobs. These two representatives were Carol and David. After the two days of learning about it and starting to think of ideas, we finally went on site on Wednesday. For the first 2 hours we sat down with Carol, David, Jess and us 10 tenth graders and discussed what we as youth have problems with and brainstormed possible ways to help fix them. For the rest of the two days, as a collective group, we didn't want to just make a possible plan to help get youth more into politics, we actually wanted to create an event. So we got into connect with many people over the phone or email and talked to them about our ideas. Some of those people were, representative of Chapman Hill, the principle of Big Picture, DHS, and Animas, and a woman who worked on pre registration for teens. We were able to create an ice skating event on April 5th, 2019, where high schoolers came and pre registered and then went ice skating with a discounted price. Another part of our project was trying to continue these event once a month for any high schoolers to take a part in. These times and activites created a place for teenagfers to come safely and get out of there house, interact with others, have a good time, and learn more about registration and voting. To show all of our work for this inspire week, we made a video talking about many things that went into this project.
Pictures of Our Week:
Reflect upon the career cluster and career interest surveys you have taken for the past two years. Discuss what type of careers you think you might be most interested in exploring in the future. Why? What type of job tasks/daily schedule do you think you would be most excited to do? Why?
For the past two years of my high school career, we have taken surveys that take our answers and give us a couple of likely careers we would possible be interested in. My top three results were: artistic, social, and enterprising. After reading the descriptions for all three of these, I can see a common factor of working with forms, communication, other people, business, and not having to follow set rules. Now some of these may not seem to be related to each other, but as I really think about it, they do for me. I have been interested in having accounting as a career for awhile, as well as possible being a baker/chef. Now as I get older, I am not 100% set on either of these but I love doing math and being in the kitchen. A big part of my dream of being an accountant was being able to work up to the point where I can be my own boss, and where I can have the freedom to travel and be outside, but most of all not be restricted to an office space from 8-5. I have always had a passion for animals and the water and so I would love to create a space in my career where I could go take a computer anywhere in the world, work when I want and then go hangout/take care of animals and go swimming. One last job idea that has come to mind is joining the military as a chef. It would not only allow me to cook and bake, but also to have a whole new experience in my life that not everyone can say that where able to have.
Discuss what personal strengths you brought to your group and how you used them throughout the week. How did your strengths help support your team? Give specific examples.
During our sophomore inspire week we definitely had a group of people with many different personalities. We had the leaders, the followers, and the in betweens. The first two days when we started learning about the project and brainstorming ideas it wasn't as obvious to tell apart each kind of personality, but once we got into our work environment it was black and white. I was one of the few people who felt comfortable stepping up and taking a leading role. During our group conversations everybody had space to talk and share their opinions, which most everyone did. But then we got into work time where we decided what we wanted to do for our project and all the small details within that and it was very apparent that we needed some people to start leading. I personally, took on this role and decided to stand up and ask people what they wanted out from this project as well as any ideas they had for activities we could do, and then jotted them down on the whiteboard. We did this many times during our two days there. I think that my biggest leading role though was delegating tasks and checking up on every one to see where they were at. I believe that this made sure that things got done as well as making sure all the work was shared evenly. Because I knew everybody that I was working with pretty well, another big part of the delegating job was recognizing what job would be the best for who. There were some people who liked emailing and contacting people, there were people who liked create art like logos and there were people who liked to bring everything together and fill in all the holes that needed to be filled. Based on the dynamic of my group, my stepping up and helping everyone know the direction we were heading in definitely help our project be successful.