Come along with us on a journey of exploration, restoration, and conversations that spark the imagination. Take a peek into 3 days of learning at the BOOST national conference. This April, two Outside the Lens staff members traveled to Palm Springs to present and participate in the BOOST national conference, thank you to a generous Rising Arts Leader grant from the San Diego Foundation.
What a great few days it was! We listened to TED talk speaker, Sir Ken Robinson, and met the director of one of our favorite non-profits, The George Lucas Educational Foundation. After getting in the conference spirit, we geared up for our own presentation “ Snapshots and Stories: Championing Youth as Community Advocates”. We spent the session sharing our Picture it Healthy program that engages youth, K-12, to use digital media to analyze access to healthy food and play options within their communities. We lead participant through a hands-on photovoice project and many left saying they were going to use our resources with their sites in the next few months. It was a great opportunity to meet other passionate youth workers and to share our knowledge base on digital media projects.
After our presentation was over, we spent the rest of our time buzzing in and out of workshops. I attended a workshop on new applications for trainings and presentations that included Prezi, Poll Everywhere, Asana, Flip Builder and Tubeminator. I have already shared the presentation applications with our staff and have even integrated a few of them into presentations I have scheduled for later this month.
Next, I refined leadership skills with Ezra Holland Consulting Firm as he shared tools to reduce stress through management development. I learned some new games and techniques to use during our summer camps that will help to bond students and reinforce leadership skills. He also provided a list of suggested reading that I am hoping to spend some time with this summer.
Following that, I participated in a screening of the film “Indoctrinated” centered on Human Trafficking in San Diego. It was fascinating to get a glimpse of Human Trafficking in our community. Although I had attended a panel last year on the topic, I didn’t realize how large the web was until seeing the film. Our OTL staff have already jumped into action working with our high school youth council students to co-host a screening and panel discussion about human trafficking later this month. We invite you to join us Wednesday, May 23, 2012 from 6:00-9:00pm at the Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego. To purchase tickets visit bit.ly/OTLhumantrafficevent.
Leaving San Diego and the daily grind of working in a non-profit provided an avenue to explore new techniques, continue my personal growth, and allow inspiration to strike! Grants like these are so important in supporting non-profit leaders in the San Diego area. A HUGE thank you to the San Diego Foundation, Meryl Zwanger and Felicia Shaw for making this opportunity a reality.