your organization to get you started on your poster (you have to take notes; Im not giving this to you asa handout):Start with the title or name of the success story you want to highlight & explain how you will be sharingthis on August 3rd.If you were to tell someone else the story, how would you describe what we did? (introduction)What are some of the highlights of this (easier phrase) story/project/process that youd want to share?(design/method)Are there any tips, techniques, lessons, or resources we found or developed that we could share thatmight be helpful to others working in literacy? (results)What are some things we learned during this story/project/process? (conclusion)
One of the goals of AmeriCorps as a national program is to promote a lifetime of service. Consider thisyear an invitation to participate in direct service to those who are low income, vulnerable, andunderserved. In addition, we want to make sure we present to you the skills you need to be able to dothis work for a lifetime. I want to emphasize that it is a
to be of service to others. Each andevery one of you are privileged with the resources and abilities to serve. But because you are dealingwith people who are vulnerable, the possible capacity to do harm is also much greater. In addition, youare exposing yourself to possible harm through this work, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Im nottalking about getting beat up, screamed at or having an isolated traumatic incident, though there is asmall risk of that happening. What I mean is the physical, psychological and spiritual toll of beingexposed daily to the suffering and trauma of other people, animals and the planet. Any service haselements of stress to it, but having an open heart and hands to those most vulnerable requires that youcare for your mind, body and spirit not just for your own sake, but also for the sake of those you servethrough NEO Literacy Corps, not to mention the full & involved lives & service you have outside of thissetting: family, friends, religious congregations, etc.The practices that enable your heart and mind to remain open and compassionate to others is what Icall service hygiene. We have tried to introduce these tools throughout the year by talking aboutvicarious trauma, stress management, and meditation, but I realize I never explained how or why allthose pieces fit together. At the same time, we have seen fewer people show up for training and whenyou
physically present, fewer people are
in terms of participation and engagement. Itappears to me, and I remember from my own experience in AmeriCorps, that you are hoping andwaiting for someone to throw you a line, to draw you up out of the exhaustion that is much more than just tiredness. You are looking for a healing salve for an inner soreness, but you cant remember howyou injured yourself to begin with. Youre beginning to feel like you are not just
people inpoverty and hardship but are
a person in poverty and hardship. This is the cumulative toll of being exposed daily to suffering.