11 July 2013

July Civically Engaged Scholar Reflection

CES July Blog Post

  • Where did you volunteer this month?
  • What was your most rewarding experience?
  • What was your most challenging experience?
  • Did this experience connect to anything else you are learning in any of your classes?

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    1. Hi Scholars,
      I have been a CES for years. I just need to wrap up some classes. I have logged over 900 service hours. I spent most of my volunteer hours working with at-risk-teens. I still keep in touch with these teens. They are attending school and doing amazing. They just needed to know they were of worth. Lately I have been volunteering with the Boys Scouts. This has been very rewarding. Years ago I volunteered with the Girl Scouts and love it just as much. I have four grandsons so I thought I might as well really get involved in what they are doing. I have been helping set up a camp they will be going to. They will learn many life skills at this camp. I also helped with a boat race. I know you are thinking "a boat race?" what does this have to do with service. Well there were rules. The boys had to make the boats by themselves. They found they needed to help each other. The day of the race they learned about team work. This is a life long skill. In the end no one cared who won because it was all about helping each other and cheering each other on. Linnie

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  2. Hello,
    There is nothing for me to do yet this month, Teens Act won't be starting up again until the end of Aug. Or Sept. I will keep in touch with what is going on. I might need another non-profit organization to work with. Thanks!

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  3. I volunteered with Cheer Salt Lake organization. We had a welcoming to the new year to all of our new members. The most rewarding experience I had was seeing how successful this organization has become. We started off with 4 people and now we have 25! The most challenging this month was not being able to go to an event because I was on a trip in Orlando, FL. I was able to see what strengths the new team members had, I learned many different strengths through StrengthsQuest course.

    -Cadey Rhinelander

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  4. This month I got the opportunity donate my blood to ARUP for the first time. When I walked in they told that the only way they receive blood for people in need is through others donations. I had never before realized that volunteers were the only way they could receive blood for transfusions. The whole process took about five minutes, and I felt great afterwards. I am now going to try and donate my blood once every month. It is a very rewarding feeling to know that my blood is going to save lives. I have also been able to convince some of my friends to be regular donors with me as well!

    Heather K~

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    1. Heather- Your efforts will change someone's life for sure. Nice service. -Jenny

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  5. My July service came late in the month. I spent two days at Camp Cloud Rim with Girl Scouts who were at resident camp. I spent one day hiking with them, and the second day I taught them yoga.
    Teaching Yoga truly connects with my classes because part of what I am doing here at SLCC is Yoga Teacher Training. It was fun to come up with creative ways to engage classes of girls who ranged in age from 2nd grade to 10th grade. I had to pull from the skills I have been learning in the YTT program in order to reach that goal. I feel like I was able to reach that goal because most everyone had a good time.
    I think the most difficult part is still going through the transition process of letting go of my positions in Girl Scouts, and looking for my next community partner and service adventure.
    -Jenny Ownby

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    1. Jenny,

      I think you are amazing! Yoga carries a special place in my heart. It gave me the courage to head back to school from an almost 10 years break! I'm hoping to one day teach yoga to girls as well. I was thinking about volunteering with the girl scouts in the future. Keep up the amazing work!

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  6. this month been though I haven't been able to do much volunteering as much as i liked but I finally got my background check and I am starting to find closer places for me to volunteer at. I am hoping I can find more places here that I can volunteer at.

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  7. In July, I helped plan a training for youth who are interested in sharing their stories about recovery. I worked with leaders from the Utah Family Coalition and the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. This was a very rewarding experience for me to network with these people and to understand all the work that goes into planning a training.

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  8. In July I helped to plan a disaster simulation for a local CERT(Community Emergency Response Teams) Team in Taylorsville. This event had an amazing 150 volunteers all giving up their Saturday morning and afternoon to help make sure their neighbors understood their training. The event went well and it really helped the neighborhood as a whole get to work together both those who were volunteer victims of the "earthquake" and those who were part of the CERT team.

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