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At the Table: The students meet their community partners

October 21, 2011 by Sayeh Hormozi


Editor’s Note: At the Table is an international exchange program that connects high school students in Philadelphia and Riga. The program, undertaken by the National Constitution Center in collaboration with the National History Museum of Latvia, will culminate in two service projects and a collaborative documentary film about civic engagement.

Now that we’ve met all the students involved in the project, let’s take a peek inside their very first meeting together. On Friday, October 14th, they attended an orientation to meet and greet each of the non-profit partners that will be supporting them as they embark on this journey of community outreach, exchange and service.

First meeting (National Constitution Center photo)

Sitting at the table, passing around slices of piping hot pizza, students engaged with influential community members--asking them more about their organizations and their roles within them. Looking around the room at any given moment, students and adults alike were nodding vigorously, smiling and listening intently to one another.

After getting to know each other a bit, each community partner gave a brief presentation to the students explaining how they will be assisting them throughout the next two months as they each lead a session in a series of workshops called Project Connect, where students will learn all the skills they need to engage with community members, create and execute a service project and film a documentary chronicling the experience.

At the close of the meeting, both students and non-profit representatives were inspired and eager to begin work with another. We are all so excited to see what amazing things come of their partnership.

Want to know more about the partners? Follow these link:

Engagement City of Philadelphia Office of Volunteer and CivicGreater Philadelphia CaresGlobal CitizenWHYYLatvian Society of PhiladelphiaSayeh Hormozi is the Senior Manager for Civic and International Engagement for the National Constitution

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