At the Winter Retreat in March, Fellows got to reconnect, bond and create fun memories together at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort in Hancock, MA.
Wednesday, March 16th–
Wednesday morning, Fellows arrived at the resort, checked into their rooms and headed to lunch. After lunch, MPF Staff went over the retreat agenda and Stephenie officially kicked off the retreat with a Fellow Affirmation activity, sharing the Extra gum and thanking Fellows for going the “Extra” mile for the youth in Massachusetts. MPF Alumni, Will Amado Syldor-Severino led a training on Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth. Fellows reviewed assumptions they had regarding LBGTQIA+ youth, key definitions, the idea of storytelling and built a Visual Toolkit on ways to collaborate when working with LGBTQ youth.
Everyone then split into different Fellow-led Skill Shares where Moira shared her skill in Calligraphy, Beth and Suzanne shared their skills with cooking and Christine shared her skills with contemporary dance. Fellows were later introduced to the MPF Recruitment Challenge and ended the night with dinner & Fellow Prom.
Thursday, March 17th–
Kelsey kicked off the second day of retreat with a relaxing Yoga session. After, Colleen and Cecelia led a Resume Workshop where Fellows were able to exchange their updated resumes with one another for feedback. Then, Fellows were able to spend time with their Advising Groups and have free time where they had the option to watch a Social Justice film, go hiking, swim in the pool, spa, or practice other forms of self-care. Fellows came back to play Olympic Games and then split up to more Skill Shares. Erin led a skill share where Fellows learned how to twirl the baton, Nicolette and Amber collaborated on a shared skill of making recycled paper, plantable seed paper and coloring for stress reduction, and Cameron showed Fellows how to play Rugby.
Dinner was an opportunity to talk about next steps post MPF, roundtable style where Fellows got to move from one table to the next, learning about different paths to take once their year of service was complete. The night ended with the widely popular Talent Show 2.0 where Fellows showcased their talents from lip-syncing to magic tricks and everything in between!
Friday, March 18th–
Friday’s session started with Carleen leading an energizer called, “Feel the Beat 101.” Ready to finish the retreat off strong, Cecelia and Lauren led a workshop on America’s Promise and discussed ways for effective communication. Jeremy showcased some examples of past MPF Legacy Projects and encouraged everyone to find a Legacy Buddy to hold one another accountable on their project. The retreat ended with a reflection activity and the Pass the Wagon ceremony.
Recruitment season is among us, so if you know someone who wants to learn more about our program and is interested in applying to be a Massachusetts Promise Fellow, check out our website at: www.masspromisefellows.org or any of our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)!
Love in Service,
The Massachusetts Promise Fellowship