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On the RISE

Youth leaders at Idyllwild Yalla Youth Leaders On the RISE! By Janice Reynoso Last July, Yalla was fortunate enough to send five students to On the RISE, a six-day youth leadership retreat.  Our students, who ranged from a rising high school freshmen to a Yalla College Bound alumna, united with other youth from the urban neighborhoods of San Diego in Idyllwild, California, to spend the week focusing on adaptive leadership and transformational change. The days began with meditation and an invocation, followed by the day's activities, which included everything from yoga and hiking to creating Person of the Year Awards highlighting the accomplishments and impact each student envisions for him or herself.  Morning meditation After lunch, participants delved into a microcosm of our communities and entered “The Spiral,” where youth participants and faculty participate in a 60-minute discussion while seated in spiral. By design, some participants sat with their backs turned to others in the room, creating an awkwardness and an ambiguity. The silence, comments, gestures, and questions as well as the significance of where participants chose to sit and how they each represented others in society, all played a role in discovering the controversies, affirmations, and confusion [...]

November 10th, 2017|EVENTS|