WEEK 9 -- Today is the last day of the 2017 Climate Organizing Summer Program, and as l look back on these past nine weeks, I am at a loss for words. This summer has been one of the most transformative times of my life and I feel so fortunate to have spent it with nine incredibly passionate and dedicated individuals. I have been a part of conversations that forced me to think about the world from an entirely new perspective, I have questioned and challenged my own beliefs, and I know that the skills I gained in this fellowship will not only help me as an aspiring organizer, but in any path I find myself on.
I am overwhelmed by all that we have accomplished, and I’m proud of the fellows for spearheading Fossil Free New England Aquarium from start to finish. The support we have received from donors, the community, and from Better Future Project is truly inspiring, and I am excited to see all of the amazing work the fellows will do beyond this program.
My summer at Better Future Project is one that I will remember forever. From singing together during our first week at Camp Wilmot, to brainstorming the messaging of our campaign, to weekend beach trips together, I have not only learned an incredible amount, but I forged lasting friendships. The fellowship opportunity with Better Future Project has been incredible, inspiring, and transforming. I am so thankful to have been a part of this organization and am excited for students and aspiring organizers to have this opportunity for years to come.