I realized that I hadn’t actually shared my work placement in Chicago, so here it goes:
I am working at the Br. David Darst Center as a Retreat Facilitator. The Darst Center is a Social Justice Education Center, we host high school and college students in Urban Immersion retreats and provide unique service-learning opportunities. Rather than simply discussing social justice issues in the theoretical, we take students into partner organization that work directly with communities affected by social injustices.
I love my placement. I have a chance to facilitate conversations on the root causes of issues such as poverty, homelessness, and community violence with students who have varied exposure to these topics.
Along with the Urban Immersion Retreats, the Darst Center is a space that can hold community conversations on some of these topics. For example, a few weeks ago we hosted a Speaker Series with CROAR (Chicago Regional Organizing for AntiRacism), a regional partner of Crossroads (the organization that did YAV training at Stony Point Orientation).
Besides facilitating retreats and preparing the space for other events, I am also working with some of the programming (to get exposure to some of the daily tasks that go into working in a non-profit) as well as having an opportunity research Policy-related actions on the different levels of government.