When you take on some leadership responsibility in the world, you must accept the fact that you will change lives. You will change the status quo by representing justice or compassion or love. And changes spread from you will be easier to happen again in others because of you. — Doris "Granny D" Haddock, political activist who, at the age of 88, walked across the country to raise awareness and gain support for campaign finance reform.
In Today's Workshop...
We explored lessons of being leaders by learning about restoration efforts in the Gulf Coast. We also participated in a commemoration ceremony in which we reflected on those who have joined in past struggles for justice while acknowledging our own continuing contributions.
Jason Garfield has filmed a short video available on YouTube that teaches how to juggle three balls. Amaze your friends!
Get a group juggling activity going with family and friends. What if you juggled cookies and took a nibble each time before you tossed?
- Buzzle.com has a list of leadership games, including a Leadership Race. Try a game or two with your friends.
- Sign up for leadership training. Look for opportunities in your congregation, district or region. Many Unitarian Universalist camps hold leadership schools in the summer. See if one near you is open to youth.
- A useful book is Youth Leadership in Action: A Guide to Cooperative Games and Group Activities, written by youth leaders and edited by Steve Fortier (Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 1994).
- Want to know more about Hurricane Katrina? DoSomething.org has "11 Facts About Hurricane Katrina." This website has other information and suggestions for social justice actions you can take that encompass several different areas.
- Read more about the work to rebuild the Gulf Coast being done by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). The UUSC sponsors JustWorks camps for youth. Check out their schedule and join other UU youth in doing just works around the country!