As many of you know myself and a few of my peers are in the midst of creating and fundraising for a publication that we are wanting to be holding in our hands in June of this year.
In fact, I am personally envisioning holding this book in my hands so that I can hand it to You.
This is my entire intention and purpose behind this project; to be able to place something in your hands for you to walk away with and keep. To pass along the initial spark that I felt way back in 2011.
Before I physically landed at YIP my friend Heidi had given me a very precious flyer of the program that I carefully traveled with for two years, trying with all my might to keep unwrinkled. I would take it out in moments of needed inspiration, read the limited text available, and sigh with relief knowing that somewhere out there, something was happening for the greater world.
When Kalani and I began our fundraising at our local farmers market, I took my little YIP flyer every Saturday morning and set it out on our stall to better help our customers visualize and understand where we were trying to get. "No, no!" I would say as yet another customer would attempt to walk away with my flyer, "that's my only one," I would re-itierate, wishing that I had something else to hand them. "I have a daughter, a brother, a friend" they would reply, "that I just know would absolutely love to hear about this."
Those 8 months of continual fundraising posed me with the ever constant questioning that always boiled down to "What is YIP?" and then, "please, tell me more."
When we arrived here I myself hardly had a complete answer for what exactly I was stepping into. I was so absolutely pleased when I discovered a small booklet sitting in the common room waiting for us Yippies to arrive. 'Impressions Of YIP' the original publication from year 1 & 2 is an accurate portrayal of the program in full, as it encompassed a break down of the practical elements, and stories from alumni themselves in their words.
A huge purpose of this blog, "Mission YIP" is an attempt for me to respond to the questions that are still continually being thrown my way as well as provide words for future Yippies from an alumni to better prepare, based off of an actual individual experience. Simply because this is what I wanted, and what so many others have asked me for.
But this is my blog, my small world viewed and underlined through only my eyes. Here is the thing, YIP is a place, a program and very much a shared human experience.
Here is what I am attempting to do with 'Impressions Of YIP- The Essence'; I am wanting to provide an updated practical breakdown of this program as well as share others thoughts and experiences. 'The Essence', will be a compilation of writing and other artistic material from alumni from all 6 running years of this program.
And here's the thing, every single one of my peers that is working on this project with me also has a similar story as mine from above. A feeling from a token that a previous year had left behind to share with us. A present given to the future that is happening right now. So yes, this project is about sharing YIP with the greater world, but it has become bigger than that for me. It truly is a gift for a by the people, it is a collective expression, a call to you from today's hopeful generation.
I am humbled by your contribution, your sharing and the stories that came before this one.
The International Youth Initiative Program
I am a Yippie class of 2013/2014. These are findings, thoughts and captured moments of mine from here in Jarna, Sweden.