Atlanta 3 - Intersectionality (3)

Hey breakers..

Today was our last day at Lost-n-Found Youth Center...bummer! We spent majority of our time collectively working to restructure their library section of the store. And boy, was that a task! It served as a true test of our organizational and teamwork skills, and I must say.. we came, we saw, and we CONQUERED! 

It was really amazing to simply be in the presence of the employees at the youth center. Their energy set the tone of the entire establishment and you can feel it as soon as you walk in the door. The past couple of days, we have learned that safe spaces are of the utmost importance. The reason this place has such a great aura, is because this is a place where everyone is comfortable being exactly who they are, with no fear of being judged. Another important takeaway is to realize that just because you have accepted someone for who they are, doesn't necessarily put them at ease immediately. It is vital to keep in mind that when serving others, it is not about you! Practice selflessness. 

The good times don't stop after we leave our service site! Tonight's events included Taco Tuesday, Pretty Little Liars finale and a pretty intense game of Taboo! In the midst of all the fun, we still manage to have some deep conversations about aspects of service. We have established that service is not always defined as physical acts. Service should not be done with the intent on receiving something in return. However, you should aim to gain experience and life lessons that you can take with you for the rest of your life. That is a reward in itself-- one that goes beyond any monetary value. 

Until tomorrow, 


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