Powerful Voices

Way back in the fall, I applied for an Adult Ally position at the nonprofit, Powerful Voices and have now been in the program for about three weeks.  PV is a girl empowerment organization and Adult Allies is part of their ActiveVistas program.  As an AA,  I am paired with a young girl (an ActiveVista) and together we design and plan for a workshop the youth will lead at the Girlvolution Conference in April, an all-girl, all-youth led conference focusing on social justice issues and what we, as a community, can do.

I wanted to be a part of this program as a way to learn more about Seattle’s young people, the challenges they face and how I could be a part of social change with them.  To say that the program has been fun these past few weeks would be an understatement: it’s has been amazing and we are still in the first month!

I wanted the chance to work with a young person, in a educational setting, as well, to give me a better idea if that kind of work is what I want to pursue in the future.  And thus far, I haven’t been scared away.  It is both energizing and eye-opening at the same time, having discussions, sharing ideas and listening to the prospectives of so many others.  I leave every Thursday excited for the next week and that’s a good feeling.

I am so happy I took a chance and applied for the AA position.  Not only am I finally in an environment I feel I belong in, but I have made friends with the other AA’s as well as staff at PV.  So far, it has just been a great experience!  I will update more in the coming weeks.

 

First Snowshoeing Adventure

Alex and I went snowshoeing with some of my co-workers for the first time over the weekend.  We rented our snowshoes from REI and were on our way.  I had never even considered going snowshoeing until we moved out here and even then I was more focused on skiing.  However, snowshoeing proved to be just as fun–and a great workout!

We made our way to the Red Mountain Trail through the Commonwealth Basin.  Starting off slow was key as we each got accustomed to our snowshoes.  But we were off soon enough and trekked through the icy snow where, in some spots, would have went passed my waist if I fell in.

The weather was beautiful: lots of sunshine and blue skies.  The hike was about five miles round trip and boy did we feel it.  However, it was a great time and an awesome way to see the mountains.  We can’t wait to go again!  I think we found our new weekend activity.

So pretty.

So pretty.

Where's the sign?!

Where’s the sign?!

So much snow!

So much snow!

We made it!

We made it!

Red Mountain

Red Mountain