Two of our TAY Staff, Orisi and Elisha recently participated in the Obama Leadership Training. Here’s what they had to say about their experience:

 

Orisi:

“I got to meet a bunch of interesting people. There were some adjustments I would have made. It was a bit fast paced. They wanted for us to be vulnerable in a very short amount of time. I felt a lot of people needed practice on that. POCs and marginalized communities are not as willing to share as much upfront. So it’s contradictory of what society has displaced us vs. how they want us to react. It was good to see that our work is not in vain of those who came before us and those who will come after us.”

Elisha:

[Re: being chosen for the conference] “They asked us a series of questions, essay questions, that asked us how we felt about our community and what makes our community resilient. The different organizations that came to work with us hosted mini workshops. I went to one where all sat in a circle and we got pretty vulnerable. I felt like the reason why we got so vulnerable, was everyone had something to share; something that was different from everyone else, but in that same space. Even if your trust was broken by someone, we don’t let that break us. I feel that was pretty impactful. No matter what you go through there will always be another day; to live, to learn and to laugh.”

 

Orisi:

“I also think the professional workshops were pretty good. I did the seven seconds video interview. You had to conduct yourself in seven seconds. That was interesting. They say that someone looks at your resume for 10-15 seconds, before they toss it. So what can you bring to the table that no one else can?”

 

Elisha:

“For my workshop (100K Mask) the main activity we had a card about whatever people see on the outside, what kind of mask do they put on. For example, on the outside I’m well put together and coordinated. And then underneath the mask I suffer from depression and anxiety, I’m nervous and unsure. That was a pretty cool activity.”