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Summer is always tricky – I know it’s technically not Café Season and most sites take a break, but if you have any way to keep your teens (and their minds) engaged over the summer, please share.
Or, if you feel that the summer break is absolutely necessary and it refreshes your teens, etc., I would love to hear those thoughts too!
This topic was modified 5 years, 8 months ago by RJ Montano.
Last summer we had 3 team meetings throughout the summer where we discussed leadership and what it means to be a leader, especially in the context of a Cafe. About half the leaders attended any given meeting, while about half were out of town at any given time. Scheduling was difficult. We also had a leadership training day that was planned by and attended by the four sites throughout New Mexico. The teens loved having this day. It was fun and allowed them to meet their peers around the state and realize they are part of an organization bigger than their node. From my perspective, keeping the leaders engaged to some extent over the summer was useful for me (a new adult leader) to get to know the leaders ahead of the more busy Cafe season. Other nodes in NM did not meet during the summer, except the training day, and their leaders also started the season strong and refreshed, and had a great season.
A few students have approached me about a summer project. One group wants to build a gyrocopter like that guy that landed on the Capitol grounds. I could be the interested scientist because I know such a project will not pass the parent test. That guy could have died from any number of things.
Anyway I’m pretty sure we will be able to have a 1-2 events over the summer, and hit the ground running next academic year.