Recently, the Drawing Down the Vision team led a pro-bono workshop for 24 volunteer teenagers in the American Red Cross ‘Leadership Development Center‘ in Cincinnati. The young people had been involved with the program in years past and are now responsible for developing the overnight leadership conference for their new incoming peers.
Amy and Adam introduced the teens to many of the exercises used in Drawing Down the Vision. It was tremendously exciting to guide them through the process of thinking differently with a sketchbook, defining short and long term goals, and embarking on a new form of self-exploration. By exploring some of their broad personal goals in their new sketchbooks, students began to open up to what aspirations they might have for their work with the Red Cross. Many of the students enjoyed some of the exercises so much they plan to utilize them as ice-breakers at this summer’s conference.
Diana Wood, director of the LDC program has this to say: “I am sure that I have not yet seen the end of ways that the workshop impacted these students… the ways in which they will think about and approach the many tasks that are before them.”
This is the beauty of embarking on a journal-based thinking process. The ways in which disparate information percolates in a sketchbook can provide new connections that lead to exciting new ideas. Congratulations to the future leaders at the American Red Cross. It was a pleasure to work with them!
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