In June of 2013, while the middle school students were at Reel Grrls in Seattle, six high school students spent two days in Ellensburg, Washington, about 100 miles east of Seattle. They were invited to be the keynote speakers at the 21st Century Community Learning Center’s Summer Institute held at Central Washington University. The students gave a phenomenal keynote presentation, and then conducted two workshops on the healing power of personal stories. The audience included staff from all over the state who work with students in after-school programs. Many participants talked of being inspired by the students and wanting to have the students as guests at their schools to provide professional development for teachers, as well as inspirational assemblies for their students.
Although the visit was a short one, we still managed to fit in some learning experiences and some FUN! We spent the night in the CWU dorms, we conquered an intense high ropes course, and we toured the campus.
Thanks to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program for believing in us and allowing us to take part in such a meaningful event!