It has only been a week since all three interns moved into their new apartment on Broadway, and they have been BUSY, which is a great preview to what their upcoming year is going to be like. They moved in Labor Day weekend and were able to grab a quick glimpse of their new neighborhood before jetting off on an airplane to California for their national Young Adult Service Community (YASC) orientation. They met up with their fellow YASC interns from Philadelphia at Pilgrim Pines, a United Church of Christ (UCC) camp in Yucaipa, CA.
At their national orientation, they learned about intentional community – something they will all be diving into deeper this year. They also began discussing their individual and shared values as a community. Together with the Philadelphia Interns, they made a movie, which we are very excited to see. The interns are also planning on keeping a blog together – we will make sure to cross post here, so that we can follow what they are up to.
This week, they are beginning their orientation here in Seattle and starting to understand what lies ahead for the next year in terms of their sites, and church placements. As one of the interns said, “I can’t wait to find out about my site, because while I feel prepared for the program, I don’t know anything about my site yet!” That is what the Seattle orientation is all about – visiting their sites, the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Earth Ministry & The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, and better understanding the social & economic realities of Seattle & King County. It won’t be all work though; we’ll be visiting Pike Place Market, Theo’s Chocolate, the Fremont Troll, and some other fun sites along the way!