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April 22, 2011
Meeting Eight: Atlas RETREAT!!

Welcome everyone to the first ever Atlas Retreat!

Our day began at an office provided by our lawyers in Times Square. After meeting with our lawyers, we began our retreat! This blog post is organized in terms of our goals for this Retreat: Bond, Structure, and Fun!

NYC from an office-point-of-view

NYC from an office-point-of-view

BOND

Every organization needs strong team-work skills. We played a game that has no name, but does have lots of mystery! On small sheets of paper, we each wrote down six things about ourselves which no one else in the group knew. After placing the secrets in the bag, we played “guess who?” One person reads the secrets out loud and the group has to guess who.

Sure enough, this game built not only a stronger group-bond, but also several loud voices, gasps, and competitive retorts.

Here a few things about each person in our Atlas team. Can you guess who is who?

  • “I picketed to protests against my mom in order to cut my hair.”
  • “I like watching movies when it rains.”
  • “I speak Portuguese “
  • “I wanted to be a dancer on in theatre when I was a child”

STRUCTURE

We brainstormed on words that come to mind when we think of our organization. This served as a great way to re-evaluate our forces and check the fluidity of our ideas across team-members.

Atlas word wall

We’re glad to say the Atlas team is not only solid in commitment, but also in its vision of Atlas as a home, a ground work for holistically developing immigrant youth and igniting them to struggle for a more democratic society while creating a culture of reciprocity.

Statement of Purpose

We also worked on our “statement of purpose” for our incorporation process. Some of the things Atlas can look forward to in the upcoming years are research regarding immigrant youth, career training, and sheltering.

FUN

After an awesome lunch and trust-base exercises, we did acro-yoga, which combines the powers of acrobatics, yoga, and massage. Acro-yoga is especially amazing for Atlas because it helps us build confidence in each other and as a team so that we may better serve the immigrant youth community.

Ready to take Flight!

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