I spent the day speaking with each fellow – discussing their first month: high’s and low’s, expectations, frustrations, inspirations, and each one’s end goals. Such great discussions!!! Not for Sale has the most amazing group of 2010 fellows!
They are incredibly bright, enthusiastic, and creative. It is invigorating to be around them as they breathe life and passion into every task they take on. Every staff member raves about them, and we are all so thankful to have them as part of the Not for Sale team.
I can’t wait to see what happens in the next five months!
Here is the first month – at a glance.
The beginning of week one was a time to get to know each individual – their expectations of the program, life goals, skills, passions, etc. Mark Wexler and I took them hiking in Muir Woods and then we spent the afternoon at Stinson Beach.
The latter part of week 1 and all of week 2 was an immersion into NFS. Mark Wexler taught several days on the 10,000 ft. perspective of NFS and the movement: an overview of the organization, emphasizing NFS’s mission, goals, and values. Our goals is to end slavery in this lifetime. How do we do that? What is Not for Sale’s role within the larger movement? Why do we do some things, and not others? How are we going to accomplish our goal?
After the 10,000 ft mountaintop view is hammered home, we can delve into the daily tasks, programs and platforms, and the overarching mission becomes the guiding point for all that we do. This is key – as some days and weeks the daily tasks can be quite trying, such as sitting at a computer all day, answering emails, doing what can seem to be mundane tasks. But when the mundane tasks are set into the larger perspective and foundation of the mission: To end slavery in this lifetime – then every task is important.
Week 3 and 4 were spent in San Francisco at the Investigator Academy. The first week was led by Dennis Mark, our Chief Investigator – with a focus on sex trafficking. The second week was led by Kilian Moote with a focus on forced labor violations. As the fellows are car less, I drove them everyday to and from the city. Although this was trying at times, it was wonderful to be a part of their conversations on the way home – listening to what they learned, what they thought, how they felt, etc. Some days they were so overwhelmed that we turned the Beatles on and sang the whole way home. Some days we had great conversations regarding how to raise consumer awareness.
All in all, this has been an exceptional month. I am overjoyed to be working with such a great group of people. They bring enthusiasm and energy to the campaign – and are constantly surprising me with their fervor and dedication. I could not have asked for a better group of fellows! Stay Tuned for Exciting Updates!