Tuesday, August 25, 2009

All Quiet on the Youth Programs Front...

Wow what a summer! It's hard to believe that just 8 weeks ago we had our first staff meeting as 16 strangers sat around the table in the conference room, meeting for the first time. That meeting was filled with nervous laughter and awkward pauses, but two months later our last staff meeting was a very different scene!

Friday was our final day of youth programs here at Save the Harbor. The office was inundated by youth staff, who were busy rinsing, cleaning, fixing, sorting and storing all of our program supplies and equipment. As we chipped away at the day's chores everyone had a chance to recount some of their favorite moments from the summer. To me it really was a great way to wrap the programs - everyone hanging out together being goofy, having spontaneous dance parties in the equipment room, and reminding each other over and over again about why working in the Save the Harbor youth programs is one of the best jobs ever!

I must admit, as someone who has lead youth programs for several years, this year we had one of the best group's of youth program staff I have ever worked with. A genuinely charismatic and fun loving group of people, they really bonded together and ended up with not only some great friendships among our staff, but also with the kids they worked with through our programs.

Our staff, and especially our high school aged junior program assistants, showed a remarkable amount of leadership over the course of the summer. I couldn't think of a better group of young people to not only excite the region's youth about the Harbor environment, but also to act as role models and mentors to the kids we serve.

Whether singing sea chantey's during the Tall Ships Festival, flying kites on Spectacle Island, or fishing and crabbing from the Boston shoreline, our youth staff did an outstanding job bringing excitement, enthusiasm and fun to thousands of kids across the Harbor this summer. Thank you to all of them - it was a pleasure to work with you and you will be sorely missed!

See you on the Harbor,


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