Today we had another fun session of piano playing in Steinert!!! We made a good amount of progress on scales :)) I think it was a good time! And productive.
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This week we made progress on our music learning goal, spending time in a Steinert practice room doing basic music theory and keyboard skills. I think both my learner and I had a great time–and we made progress and thought about where we might be by the end of the semester.
I spent some time at the PAL fall palooza and it was really fun :) very happy that a good amount of people turned out. It seemed ike the learners had a really great time which was awesome!
I had a really great session where we decided to refocus our learning goal a bit. We were happy with the progress we had made on food science, but my learned expressed an interest in different topics, so we changed our goals for the semester into learning more about music instead. I'm happy with this shift — of course we do want to stick to goals, but I also want to do what's best for my learner.
Today I had my first session of PAL for this year— I'm glad we were able to get started and start thinking about a learning goal (food science!!). I think we're going to work towards making a powerpoint about food science —also thinking about fun activities.
I do miss my old PAL learner though and am really sad that due to staffing constraints I can't continue with her, but looking forward to the rest of PAL this semester.
Tory, Clark, and I also attended an open youth recovery meeting at the Jim Gillen Anchor Teen Recovery Center in Providence today. This was a cool experience because we got to see how another resource helps to build community among vulnerable populations of youth. We played a game with the staff and youth there, and then talked a little about the resources available for recovery in RI — honestly, not a lot, but we were happy to learn about what the Recovery Center itself can offer to our clients. Also, this event fit well in terms of my long-term experiences learning about the intersections of substance abuse and homelessness w/ H2H.
Today Tory Clark and I attended the Central Falls HS transitions faire to do event-based outreach to the high schoolers there. This was a lot of fun for a couple reasons — first just hanging out w/ Tory and Clark, second because I had never been to Central Falls (and hadn't been to a high school in a while!), and third because we were able to do a HUGE amount of outreach. When we do street-based outreach, many of the young people we approach are not experiencing housing insecurity; at the fair, we were able to reach all of those people + more in a very quick and streamlined way, explaining to probably hundred+ students what H2H does and how to get in contact with Tory. Also I got to work on my "elevator pitch" for H2H which is always important!!