Last weekend we had our first ever Head to Heart 😍😍😍
Head to Heart saw our ERCSA volunteers mentoring and supporting a group of senior school students to be leaders on one of our programs.
For our first Head to Heart, we worked with 23 students from the three Edmund Rice Education Australia schools in Adelaide: Christian Brothers College, Adelaide, Rostrevor College and St Paul's College.
In our preparation sessions before the group of 20 camp kids arrived, we asked the student leaders to think about what kind of environment they wanted to create both for themselves as leaders, and for our kids. They said they wanted to form "a genuine connection with people” and feel “like a united community”. They wanted to feel "supported and comfortable in each other's presence" and work "together for the benefit of all".
Reflecting on his experience one of our ERCSA Volunteers, Owen, has this to say: "Head2Heart was a great opportunity for the young EREA leaders to step outside of their comfort zones and get a taste of what ERCSA is all about. It was great to be able to take a step back into a mentor role and witness the camp kids and leaders form bonds over the course of the day. The participants all had a great time, and from some conversations I had with the leaders at the end of the day they all gained a lot from the experience, growing in their ability to understand others’ perspectives, and how they can engage with ERCSA in the future."
After the success of our first Head to Heart, we're hoping to get more happening into 2020 and beyond. Contact Jessica Alikaris at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info