HIGH FIVE TO OUR NEWEST TEAM MEMBER!
We are excited to welcome a new addition to the RSYP family – Ari Cameron!
Ari joins us as the Youth Operational Board/Special Projects Coordinator (and a Sexual Health Education Facilitator). She has a lot of experience working in after-school programs, and she’s also an amazing poet!
To get to know her better, we her them five questions – and we’re sharing her answers with you!
1. How did you find RSYP?
Ari: I found RSYP after searching (for months!) for an awesome and dynamic youth development organization in Columbia/Dutchess/ Berkshire County. I was living in NYC at the time, working as a teaching artist and curriculum builder, and knew I needed a shift. After reading about RSYP and their mission, I was sold. After working for various other youth-centered non-profits, the follow through and integrity of this place is really impressive.
2. What’s the first thing you do when you get home from work?
Ari: I take off my shoes! And water my garden.
3. What was your childhood nickname?
Ari: Oof. I blush a lot and always have so my friends called me Tomato Face.
4. When was the last time you laughed really hard?
Ari: Over the summer I managed a teen farm camp in Columbia County. We had a really great session with 16 campers who got very close. On the second-to-last day, we decided we wanted to give them something, but didn’t want it to be an object or food – we wanted to give them an experience. So we split up into teams and asked the campers to turn a staff person into a woodland creature of some kind. They had an hour to cover us with mud, sticks, moss, leaves – anything they could find – and to create a convincing backstory and name for us. I could barely breathe I was laughing so hard (and because my mouth had dirt in it).
5. What things are you looking forward to most this fall?
Ari: I am super excited to start meeting people. I am planning some poetry events in collaboration with Monument Mountain High School staff and really looking forward to bringing that part of my life into the youth work I do here. I am also looking forward to having the opportunity to teach young people some of the important concepts around sexual health that I never got as a young person.
Welcome, Ari! We look forward to seeing great things from you!