It’s Allie's first week at DJJ!

And boy, are my arms tired! But seriously, in addition to the usual learning and orienting that happens at the start of any job, I have already been asked to put my passions and skills to work.  What a dream!  

On my first day, I was asked to put together a crash course in activism for a group of students and staff from Camp Tavor who were visiting Detroit for the Climate Rally.  For the first time in my career, I was explicitly asked to stack my love for social movements and activism on top of my love for facilitation and teaching.  The results were really amazing. I got to engage in group learning and discussion about youth-led movements for social change, Judaism and its connection to activism, and a little bit about conduct and behavior in the setting of political actions.  To say that the campers from Tavor were articulate and thoughtful would be a total understatement. What a cool group of kids. 

In addition to the workshop, I’ve spent time getting comfortable with the systems of communication within the DJJ staff, preparing for our 8/13 #CloseTheCamps action,  and strategizing on the best ways to support DJJ’s membership as I move forward in my new role. 

I am filled with joy and gratitude as I look toward the horizon at all of the work yet to be done! 


Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

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