Through Summer Service Partnership (SSP) the team learned a lot of different lessons. One particular lesson was when working with the ASM Drama Camp because even though a few members were not enjoying working with the camp they still got through it by engaging with the teens and trying to find a common ground between them and the drama camp. In other words this lesson was that even though you may not always be able to do what you like it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try and give it all your all. Another lesson was that when working in a team especially a team like ours that had six people where each member should have equal power, however that means you have six different personalities and beliefs. Everyone may not get along with each other at all times, but when in a team as long as you can respect others and their differences you will be able to work together efficiently.

Looking back on our original goals, our team grew both individually and as a group. We were successful in creating connections with many community organizations and forming relationships with many leaders. Our youth leaders grew in their abilities to communicate ideas and take leadership, constantly impressing the mentors with their brilliant insights. We accomplished our final project, and created an inspiring mental health mini-documentary called “You’re Not Crazy: Destigmatizing Mental Health in Washington Park” (watch it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF1Nbaf8bAM ). Our team shared many laughs over mac n’ cheese and much more. Our neighborhood days were full of service, fun, and hard work, which made for a great summer!

 

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Through Summer Service Partnership (SSP) the team learned a lot of different lessons. One particular lesson was when working with the ASM Drama Camp because even though a few members were not enjoying working with the camp they still got through it by engaging with the teens and trying to find a common ground between them and the drama camp. In other words this lesson was that even though you may not always be able to do what you like it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t try and give it all your all. Another lesson was that when working in a team especially a team like ours that had six people where each member should have equal power, however that means you have six different personalities and beliefs. Everyone may not get along with each other at all times, but when in a team as long as you can respect others and their differences you will be able to work together efficiently.

Looking back on our original goals, our team grew both individually and as a group. We were successful in creating connections with many community organizations and forming relationships with many leaders. Our youth leaders grew in their abilities to communicate ideas and take leadership, constantly impressing the mentors with their brilliant insights. We accomplished our final project, and created an inspiring mental health mini-documentary called “You’re Not Crazy: Destigmatizing Mental Health in Washington Park” (watch it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uF1Nbaf8bAM ). Our team shared many laughs over mac n’ cheese and much more. Our neighborhood days were full of service, fun, and hard work, which made for a great summer!

The moment I laughed the hardest was during the neighborhood day when one of our fellow SSP members stated that she has only ate macaroni from the box. Although it was very hilarious to the entire Washington Park team it showed us the perks of coming from various cultural backgrounds: at times we may not understand one another, but that is what makes us special.

Our team frequented various fast-food establishments this summer. Some were gracious and welcoming, others were less so. Our team enjoyed hanging-out at McDonalds on Garfield Ave. and Michigan. We went to the Currency Exchange for many of our meals, and quickly learned that outside food was not welcomed. For those that purchase food here, it is quite good. Aside from restaurants, our team enjoyed visiting China Town and the Loop. Our team’s favorite spot to visit was China Town, as we got to taste Chinese-American cuisine, work at the local library, and window shop at various stores.

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