For many of you last weekend was a 3 day weekend. And in some way I am envious. I spent last weekend working (as well as yesterday MLK day) with a youth program here in Livingston. I am honored to be able to be a part of this program know as Manaia.
For more info go to www.manaia.org
Here in our small town we have some really AMAZING things happening. I spent my weekend working with an awesome team and getting to know 15 young adults and 3 adult volunteers VERY well. We laughed, cried, argued and hugged (a lot) for 3 days straight and I am now looking forward to our 5 weeks of follow-up time together. It never ceases to amaze me what goes on in the small gym at the old Washington School. And as I mentioned before I am very proud to be a part of all of it. I am currently going through the training process to become a facilitator with Manaia. It involves 150 hours of volunteering doing things like enrollment with Wayne (program creator) and logistics for the programs. Along with 75 hours of training with Wayne and the other facilitators. It will be a long road but I am really excited about it and can't wait to develop the skills inside of me. I learn more and more about myself with each step. And if anyone is ever interested in being an adult volunteer I would encourage you to do so. It is a very powerful experience.