Today the GEM team started off by making a list of things we needed to go over. We created this list as a means to assess our progression as a group, and see what needed our immediate attention this Wednesday. Our list included; prepping a town meeting announcement, designing programs for the festival, making questions and intros for the speakers, decorations for the event, volunteers, and our mentor lunch set up. We assigned certain team members to specific tasks such as, Lily with the program design, Hannah in adjusting strategy with confirmation emails, and Eliza for the town meeting announcement. This distribution of tasks, which has now become a usual method of problem solving in our service learning group, displays our effective use of team collaboration and communication.
Knowing that the young women in our community need a celebration of feminism, we began a digital campaign to hopefully attract more students to our festival. We also began discussing methods of social media posting, and sharing flyers with others around us. Carly and Eliza impacted our sphere of influence by visiting Harbor Day School to present our event and invite girls to participate in our festival.
Since funding has been a roadblock in our process, Eliza appealed for a one thousand dollar grant from Visionary Women. Her actions display the critical thinking needed to keep a project like this up and running. Fortunately, we received two thousand five hundred dollars, fifteen hundred more than our goal, that gave us the ability to purchase more things needed for our festival.
Overall, today was another hard day of work for the GEM Team, and as April 28th gets closer, we could not be more excited to see this event flourish. We were lucky enough to not have a negative today, and we believe this is because each of our team members has dedicated their time and hearts into this project.
Today, our group met in the conference room in the upper office. We started the day off with an interview from Nancy Fries to go in the Lightning Strikes Magazine. She recorded our conversation and we were all able to go around the table and share what GEM wants to accomplish, the format of the event, and our individual responsibilities within the group. Then we broke off individually to try and accomplish our own goals for the day. We spent the rest of the morning working on our own responsibilities and urgent work. Each of our members contacted one food company to ask about donating their product for our goodie bags. We also met with our second keynote speaker, Courtney Conlogue and we shared our presentation with her. We were able to let her know how long we want her to speak and what we want her to focus on.
As a group we were able to check in with each other on our progress continually. As individuals, we gave ourselves certain duties and were able to accomplish those throughout the day. We all followed up with our confirmed speakers to get their pictures and bio for the website. We all wrote to one brand concerning donations. And while we accomplished these things, we worked together. We spoke aloud and helped each other brainstorm ideas for the brand model letter. Throughout the whole day, we easily collaborated with each other. We are lucky that each of our members took responsibility for their own duties and were able to assign role and work successfully.
Today the GEM service learning group started our morning with an eight o’clock meeting with Robin Grant, co founder of Stylecon. During this meeting, Ms. Grant gave the group advice on putting together a successful festival. She went through the pros and cons of finding presenters through online outreach, and expressed the importance of record keeping. After the meeting the group began to tackle outreach. We created a google spreadsheet, and created a code for the “reach” invites, famous women we were asking to join our invent, and “safeties”, those who are in the area, and more likely to participate. By the end of the day we had roughly thirty five women on the spreadsheet, reviewed our emails, and began reaching out to possible speakers. Along with this, we began designing our group logo, and started design on our professional website. After our lunch break, we edited our mission statement for a specific page on the website. We wanted to create a more professional feel to our page. Later, we discussed catch phrases to create a simple but effective method of translating our ideas into text. We remembered that Ms. Grant had explained the importance of taking responsibility in our project, and decided to designate specific jobs to each member. We discussed our strengths individually, and how this would impact our group as a whole. As of yet, we do not have a full list of speakers, but plan to continue emailing potential presenters in the future. We also plan to further designate our jobs per member, and give each member more responsibility. The group to further specify format of the festival in April, and discuss what we think will be most interesting and entertaining aspects for the middle schoolers attending.
GEM is a service learning group at Sage Hill School that focuses on the Girl’s Empowerment Movement, lead by Mary Robinson and Torrey Olins. The students involved, Lily Humphrey, Hannah Romeo, Capri Campeau, Eliza Feffer, Karli Davis, and Ishani Patel each share a passion for equality and women’s rights. GEM’s goal is to create an symposium at Sage Hill with guest speakers and workshops for middle school girls to attend. We hope to educate young women on body image, relationships, conduct in the workplace, STEM, and overall confidence in their voices. Throughout the year we will be contacting various speakers who we feel spread a message of female strength, that best represents what our group stands for.
All blog posts are written by either Capri Campeu, Karli Davis, Eliza Feffer, Ishani Patel, Lily Humphrey, or Hannah Romeo.