Thursday, September 24th–
The September Monthly Meeting opened up with a Collaboration Café where Fellows networked with one another on various topics involving recruitment and retention best practices, how to support First-generation college students, college and career readiness information and more. Fellows then went into Advising Groups and had an all-day training titled, College Advising 101 with the College Advising Corps (thank you Katie Magyar, Kaylyn Walton and Margaret Eichner for leading the workshop for us!). College Advising 101 focused on supporting youth through the college application process and helping them understand that it is important to consider not only academics when applying for colleges but also college fit factors and what will be best for them in the long run.
Friday, September 25th–
Day two was filled with valuable resources including Mentoring 101 with Janeen Smith from Mass Mentoring Partnership and Curriculum Development with Emily Duncan from MathPOWER. During Mentoring 101, Fellows discussed the significance of Cultural Competency and what it means to be a mentor. In Curriculum Development, Fellows learned ways to be more intentional when planning workshops and trainings for their youth so that they stay engaged in meetings.
Friday, October 16th–
October was a month of great recaps! This year, AmeriCorps Opening Day was at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center in Boston. Fellows got a glimpse into all of the amazing AmeriCorps programs offered in communities across the country and got sworn into their year of service by Paul Monteiro, Director of AmeriCorps VISTA. After the ceremony, Fellows went to St. Stephen’s Youth Programs to participate in a service project, reading books with young children.
Monday, October 26th to Wednesday, October 28th–
Fellows had a great time at Fall Retreat where they spent three beautiful days at Camp Becket Chimney Corners. They bonded through all day trainings on topics such as reflection on the service year so far, low ropes and team building courses, a fashion show inspiring Fellows to wear the MPF Brand every day, a Culture Share activity, America’s Promise articles on school dropout rates, The Legacy Project, Self-care, and more!!! Fellows also competed against one another through Olympic Games and even showed off a variety of talents from singing a song to improve for the Talent Show!
Love in Service,
The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship