Summer of Beginnings: Fresh Perspectives

by Kristen Growney-Yamamoto, Co-Executive Director

It has been a time of beginnings at GLIDE.  We welcomed our class of new Emerging Leaders interns to GLIDE for the summer.  Their summer begins by exploring and participating in our programs and learning our values.  I always love to meet the new students who chose to spend their summer with us. It’s a far cry from the summers I spent in Central Pennsylvania—at the pool, swim meets and minimum wage jobs!

The students represent the entire country—Washington State, Alabama, San Diego, Chicago, included.  What do I love about their arrival?  They arrive with fresh eyes, ears, and learning.  They are each thinkers with big minds and big hearts.  They listen intently and ask deep questions which cause me to do the same.  I, in turn, look at my work with a fresh set of eyes.  It also gives me a glimpse into a new perspective, new take on our work, and how their minds view our work.  I appreciate the energy that they bring to our important and often difficult work. Stay tuned to the blog this summer to learn more about our 2012 Emerging Leaders in their upcoming profiles.

Earlier this Summer, we also hosted the new cohort of Bay Area teachers hired by Teach for America.  Twenty nine new teachers who will be placed in challenged schools spent the day at GLIDE wanting to ground themselves in the community where they will begin to work this summer.  The teachers toured the breadth of our programs, volunteered, and explored at GLIDE what it means to be a social justice organization.  These future teachers learned about the opportunities and support available to the children and families they will encounter in their classrooms, recognizing that good education strongly needs the support of stability and community outside of the classroom.  We are proud to be able to host this esteemed group of teachers and support their efforts to connect with San Francisco more deeply.

Teach for America at GLIDE

Times like this fill me with inspiration and admiration for our future generation of non-profit and community leaders.  They truly get what it means come to work with your mind and your heart.  Their level of drive, compassion and curiosity impress me!

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