Saturday, January 27, 2018 was my first volunteer event for the new year, and I'm so glad I did it. Seeing all those kids' smiling faces was worth it. I think it's important to volunteer and/or give back. Presenting my work was fun, but this event was about the kids. Here's my recap below.
Last weekend, I attended the Vision Board Workshop in Namjemoy, Maryland sponsored by Beyond The Classroom (BTC) Inc. We had a full house of 30 kids! Some were even as young as four-years-old. They seemed excited to be there, and BTC's founder Lisa Ambers did a raffle for prizes (i.e. fast food, Starbucks, and Sky Zone) that the kids enjoyed. They all participated.
Lisa made every child present their board. Some of the kids were shy, whereas others loved being in the spotlight. Lisa explained that the kids should be proud of their work, so each of them talked about three things on their board. They were a good group.
I had the pleasure of sharing a table with a nine-year-old, who was so sweet. Her vision board is the one in blue, and she even added a few items to my green vision board pictured above. When it came time to present, I thought she did great. You can't see it in the picture, but she actually filled out her vision board front and back. She was really creative and so were the rest of the kids.
My presentation was simple. One thing I'm learning to do as I present is use acronyms to make it easier for the audience to remember. Because I was presenting to little kids, I chose to use the acronym ABC. A for "Act on your goal", B for "Be persistent", and C for "Celebrate". I briefly broke down each point in two minutes, and I think I managed to keep their attention. Whew!
As the event went on, other presenters arrived. I got to discuss my product with them, but this wasn't a vendor event. I was just glad to volunteer. The event went well, and I hope to work with BTC in the future.
To find out more about Beyond The Classroom Inc., visit their website here.