Wednesday March 29th, forty Youth Action Hudson student volunteers spent the day at Hudson Middle School for our Spring Peer to Peer program! Our students presented to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students about a variety of topics!
All 6th grade students heard about stress and time management, and some even got to try out some stress relieving yoga and meditation! The 7th grade students learned about self-awareness and goal setting and how they can take actions today that will help them reach their goals in the future! All 8th graders heard about high school and learned about class schedules, passing time and academies.
Peer to Peer is one of our most popular programs, and would not be possible without the support of the Hudson Middle school administration, staff and teachers. We are so thankful for their willingness to welcome our students into their classrooms and interact with their younger peers.
Thank you to all of our awesome student volunteers who spent six weeks preparing their presentations!
Elsa Akenson, Emma Anderson, Becca Benoy, Joseph Blake, Sarah Cable, Katie Cardell, Brooklyn Casa de Calvo, Emily Denning, Natalie Duncan, Sophie Duran, Allison Ewig, Audrey Fredrickson, Olivia Fremling, Madi Gunderson, Chloe Heifner, Phoebe Holter, Jessica Iverson, Katie Jewell, Sammy Johnson, Morgan Kallenbach, Jack Knoke, Kady Kochendorfer, Rachel Mckenzie, Olivia Mcmenimen, Ava Miller, Kristina Minic, Marina Minic, Julia Nelson, Kelley Nelson, Brooke Olson, Lauren O'Neill, Taylor Owens, Holly Penman, Jackie Rau, Sydney Rossini, Molly Schuett, Lilly Seiler, Brianna Thill and Lauren Van Bortel.
For those of you who may not know, after today, March 29th, I will be leaving my position as Youth Programs Manager at Youth Action Hudson. When I first applied for the Youth Engagement intern position, I had no idea that I was embarking on a five year journey with an organization that would fundamentally change the course of my life and ignite a passion for working with youth.
I am so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for such an incredible organization, and I will forever be grateful for the knowledge, experience and relationships I have gained over the past five years. I want to sincerely thank the Youth Action Hudson staff, Yvonne and Dana, our board of directors, and the Hudson community as a whole for the support they have given me and the youth that I have had the pleasure to work with.
To all of the students I have had the opportunity to work with over the past five years - thank you. Thank you for allowing me to work alongside you to create change in the Hudson community. Thank you for igniting a passion for youth development and helping to shape the first few years of my professional career. Thank you proving that youth are compassionate, dedicated and powerful leaders. Thank you for demonstrating what an invaluable asset youth are in the community. You are all such inspiring young men and women and I am so excited to continue to watch you grow as leaders, create new programs, and pursue your passions.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
p.s. Make good life choices!
p.p.s I'm not going far! Come visit me!
Sophomore Sydney Rossini created the Period Project as a way to provide comfort, cleanliness and dignity to homeless women by providing feminine hygiene items such as pads and tampons in hand sewn bags.
The project is designed to raise awareness of the issues that are facing homeless women. Resources such as shelters and food banks are often well publicized and accessible, but what happens when a woman is in need of basic feminine hygiene items? The fact that the topic is seen as taboo, coupled with the high price for these items means many shelters are unable to provide these items to women.
Sydney and fellow YAH volunteers made and packed more than 70 bags with pads, tampons and candy. These bags will be distributed through homeless shelters, such as Grace Place, resource centers such as Operation HELP, and outreach organizations throughout the area.
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