Us Against The World
Posted 18 June 2015 12:00 AM by Marina
Throughout the first half of school year in Teen Council, we prepared a performance filled with original pieces based on a theme decided by us at the start of Teen Council. Then we began to prepare workshops for teens and younger kids as we go around Boston performing at different events and organizations.
One of the most valuable things I’ve learned in Teen Council is to be mindful and informed of what is going on in the world around me. Not only does it make you more aware of current events, but it also makes you more prepared to be able to advocate and fight for what you believe in. We are the future. We need to know what we want to change in our society before we actually go out there and change it.
Through Teen Council I had the opportunity to attend and perform at different events and organizations. These performances gave us more opportunities to network, share our work and watch other teens in programs just like ours perform and share what they’ve been working on as well. One of the most amazing experiences I’ve had with Teen Council was when we attended the AOCC (Alumni of Color Conference) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I was in awe of every single performance I had the honor to watch that day. It was great to see how many teenagers from all over the country were trying to make a difference in the world just like us. The poetry slam team from Washington D.C. was the most inspiring performance of them all to me. I wish I had had a decent phone and a front row seat to videotape the whole performance. But it was that type of performance where you had to be present in the moment to be able to feel the outspoken and heartfelt emotion put into every word and gesture. That right there was THE performance we all hope to achieve. They had left the whole room amazed and speechless. No words can describe how powerful their performance and message was. I will remember it forever and will always be a fan and supporter of them and their work.
Teen Council continues to be one of the best program that I have participated in. Not only do I get to do something I love, but I always get the opportunity to make a change in the world while I’m doing it.