We started out the meeting with a devotion from John Webster who led us in some meditation and prayer.
We broke into focus groups for part of the meeting to reflect on PSJS and other recent activities. Then we came together as one big group and each focus group told everyone what they've been up to. Here are their updates:
It's Not Easy Being Green (Or is it?) had their garbology event last Friday, assisted by a rep from Able Disposal. They sorted through trash from the
Human Trafficking- They are still in the process of making a paper chain 1000 links long, each chain representing 15 people, to account for the 15,000 people trafficked into the
Limelight (Mental Health) has placed dots all over the cafeteria with info about mental health (1 in 4 people suffers from a mental disorder sometime in their life) and did an on-campus survey about mental health, which about 300 people responded to. They had a panel for their workshop at the PSJS consisting of director of the counseling center on campus, a psychiatric nursing professor, a mental health worker from downtown, and Alissa and her roommate Alex. During the next few weeks they are planning on helping out on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Social Club at the Mental Health Association downtown.
Stop the Spread: Infectious Diseases- Last week they sold pocketsize Kleenex packs in the Union for a dollar each in order to help raise money to send insecticide treated mosquito nets that cost five dollars each and last about 3-5 years to children and pregnant women in Kenya. They are doing this through a small, grassroots non-profit called Project Mosquito nets that really emphasizes educating people about how to use the nets. So far they have raised about 90 dollars and are still selling Kleenex, so if you are interested in buying some talk to someone who is part of this group (Laurie Kenyon will always have some in her backpack if you see her around campus). Stop the Spread also had a workshop at the PSJS.
After we heard from the focus groups we heard from Josh from Youth Works. He told us about a summer ministry opportunity where you could work with youth groups going on mission trips at two sites in Puerto Rico, three in Canada, and many sites in the U.S. If you are hired you are placed in a community with other college students and work with youth in a variety of contexts such as through service programs, sports programs, painting houses, etc. Most of your expenses would be covered and you'd get a paycheck of around $2500. Youth Works is in both rural and urban areas, as well as Native American reservations. If you didn't get to sign up for more info at the meeting try going to http://www.youthworks.com to learn more!
We ended the meeting by finding one-on-one partners…always a valuable experience!
Enjoy the rest of your weeks and see you at next week's meeting!
If anyone has announcement for next week email it to Melissa.Kariger@valpo.edu