After the first day of the 2018 PLACE program, I could not be more excited for the weeks to come. Today, we were not only introduced to the PLACE program, but the CENTER as well. To start out the day, we walked behind the CENTER to look at some quotes engraved in metal pipes, in search of one that spoke true to us. I loved that we created goals for the group through a metaphorical “BBQ” lead by George, discussing the symbolism behind which utensils/food items we would bring. I appreciated that we took time as a group to reflect upon what emotions we were feeling after we encountered a new experience with each activity. I instantly felt comfortable in our group setting because everybody was incredibly respectful of the perspective/stories that each individual had to share.
Jasmine Love was nice enough to come in today to help facilitate an activity that asked the group to reflect on issues that are meaningful tot them and their potential solutions. Even though we only had half an hour to consider the prompt, I was impressed by the thoughtfulness of our answers as a whole. I’m eager to see what we can accomplish as a group with the knowledge that we will acquire from multiple aspects of this program. I look forward to connecting to all the students,George, and Kofi!