All sixteen members of the FoodWhat?! youth crew attended the Santa Cruz day of the RIC conference but only about seven of us went to the entire conference in Berkeley. These short blog entries are written by three of the seven youth crew who were able to attend the full conference.
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I have never been to a conference, so hearing about this one made me excited. I was glad I got to go with my friends and people I work with. I was expecting boring lectures and classes, but it was way more than that. And everything we did was so much fun. I met people from all across the county and I became very close to some people.
My highlights from this conference were the beach, marching, and learning about other things in the Bay Area.
Hmm... When we got to Berkeley we made name tags, started to meet new people and went to the opening circle. For the intro there was an Aztec group that came to dance for us. It was great.
At the conference, I went to a media workshop where I learned how we get the information and news that we do. I thought it was great too. I thought all the different ideas and points of view were neat, and we all had something in common.
My favorite thing about RIC 2008 was all the new faces and ideas that i saw and heard.
I feel like this conference was really eye opening, and I learned a lot in the workshops about everything- from beekeeping, to seed saving, to how to find my voice and express myself. It was very encouraging to meet other teens from around the country who cared about the same issues i did, despite the fact we came from different programs, cultures and circumstances. At one point during an evening I participated in a youth cipher, where I was able to discuss issues relevant to the lives of young people. I was with 10 other youth at the cipher, most of whom I'd never even spoken to. We talked for over three hours, and I feel like the experience really brought us together! I know I grew as a person and that these experiences will stay with me for a long time.