Basic Training Retreat: “Never Doubt”

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” The words of Margaret Mead has been the guiding force behind our 2010 Basic Training Academy. We are a group of 50 corps members and 13 staff members who together are going to help solve the drop out crisis in San Jose/Silicon Valley. But before we can do that, we need to build our beloved community.

That is what has led us to Happy Valley in the beautiful Santa Cruz mountains.

Together, we will spend the next three days learning about power and idealism, appreciating one another and participating in different team challenges. This will be the first time our corps members learn who they will be working with for the next 10 (or in our site’s case, 11) months. They will begin to set their goals and learn how they can support one another in their service.

It will be a lot of fun, but it will be challenging too. BTR is a time when we ask our corps members to open up their hearts and minds and ask themselves some difficult questions. It is a time for us to learn a lot about each other and to create a safe space for us to interact and share for the rest of the year.

This is probably one of the most memorable and life-changing experiences for corps members across the network. We can’t wait to see how our corps will grow and learn from our retreat.

What are your favorite memories of BTR?


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