Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Chris Hueg: Learning to Trust with La Salle

“Stir up your trust in the Lord’s infinite goodness, and honor God by leaving in the divine hands the care of your persons. Be not troubled about the present or disquieted about the future, but be concerned only about the moment you must now live. Do not let anticipation of tomorrow be a burden on the day that is passing. What you lack in the evening, the morrow will bring you, if you know how to hope in God. “

-DeLaSalle

Chris Hueg, 11-13, Bishop Loughling Memorial High School, Brooklyn, NY

Recently, on a Leadership Retreat with some of my freshmen and sophomores at Bishop Loughlin, I was a participant in a trust walk with the students. When asked if I was willing to participate, I searched for every possible excuse as to why I shouldn’t. I told them “I’ve already done a trust walk” with which they responded, “…but not this one!” More and more excuses were flooding to head, but for each one, there was a response as to why I needed to participate. In the end, I was hesitant, but said, “I guess, if you need someone else, I will do it.”

The activity was done in 2 parts: first part blindfolded, being led by someone and second part the reverse. I was paired up with a young, freshman guy, and I could see his nervousness in being paired with me. I assured him it would be fine, “just don’t make me jump 20 feet down and we’ll be all good!” The activity began, and I admit, I was so nervous that I tried peeking through the bottom of my blindfold, to assure me that the student was doing the right things. As the activity continued though, I really began to trust him and he trusted me and I put my whole self into what was happening.

This activity allowed me to reflect on my life experiences and some of the choices that I have made along my Lasallian journey. Often I struggle with being 100% with any decision I make; I find excuses for making that choice versus standing firm and confident or I try to peek through the blindfold and see what may affect me in the future versus living in the present. There is always room to think of the “what if’s” and “maybe I shouldn’t”. Joining the Lasallian Volunteers was all that I considered when it came to graduating college, but I also had a period where I really began to think, “Well maybe I could just change my mind and get a job, and be just as happy.”

At our annual Discernment Retreat, I was having a “discernment” discussion with one of the facilitators, and she presented me with the above prayer by St. La Salle. It immediately clicked with me about all the past choices I worried about making, and really wondering if they were the right decisions. After retreat, I printed a copy of the prayer and use it as a reflection when I am having a tough day or needing to make a decision and remain confident.

La Salle has been a role model for me as a teacher since I entered DeLaSalle High School in 2003, and now, ten years later, I feel that much more connected to his work and mission through all of my experiences! I am blessed to be involved with such a magnificent program and can’t wait to continue living my life through his mission wherever I go!

Live Jesus In Our Hearts. Forever!

Chris Hueg, 11-13, Bishop Loughling Memorial High School, Brooklyn, NY

By |May 15th, 2013|Categories: blog, news + events|2 Comments

Aurora Trujillo: Tah-ah!

I think that my mom supported my move to Big Sky Country as a teacher because she thought I needed adulthood to hit me good. I don’t know why I say, “I think”, because she plainly said so. Yes, people can maybe recognize their flaws in college, but teaching for the first time throws them right in your face. So here I am with these weaknesses that must be corrected in order to be successful in this position, and I went to work on them. I will leave from here more confident. It was the time to put away the carelessness and become more responsible in living for others.

I cannot compare my experience to the experience my mother faced as a young woman raising my brothers, but every now and then I wonder if we had the same thoughts in teaching children. In the fall, as a cross country coach I traveled around Montana for meets with my small team. I would drive along in a minivan and laugh inside as I found myself duplicating the things my mother would shout at us during road trips: “We’re not going anywhere until you put that seatbelt on!”, “Hold it, sweetie, I’m looking for a place to stop!” or tower over them with judgmental eyes for selecting junk food in the convenience store. In one instance, everyone in the van was asleep while I drove home from a cross country meet, and looking at them in the rear view mirror, I felt extremely proud of all of them and was content with my surroundings.

“Tah-ah” means “thank you” in our Tiwa language, and usually the first word Taos Pueblo mothers teach their children. My mother was no exception to this, teaching the social norms of gratitude the people in our culture value. I would say that my desire to serve can be focused at times. I was taught that community, the community I was raised in, was most important. Expanding that focus, I feel a responsibility, a need, to serve Indian Country. I feel like I got very lucky in my service placement. Although I could have been happy serving in any other place, I am especially thankful to be placed on the Blackfeet Reservation.

I cannot speak on behalf of my students of the value of my service to them. I cannot rightfully gauge the impact I have made on their lives. But in my own life, as I reflect on my service year, I see myself transformed for the better. There are weaknesses in myself that I have been forced to confront, joys that have been discovered from the simplest moments, perceptions that have been changed in me, and so many things that I have been thankful for in this experience. My mother continues her lessons in appreciation by her support for me in my role at De La Salle.

Here’s to you mom!

For not letting me quit when things started out rough.

For doing everything in your power from afar to keep me encouraged.

For trusting in my decision to challenge myself into a year of service.

For mailing me blankets.

For mailing me an electric blanket.

For showing me that you are proud of me.

For writing me letters.

For listening to my stories of my students, and how they are changing my life.

For making me look good, and donating to the teams I coached.

For raising me with faith, and to have faith.

For raising me with a desire to serve others with my whole life.

I would like to not only thank my mother for raising me with a spirit of gratitude, but for all mother figures that might have cultivated that same spirit in volunteers everywhere and inspired them to serve.

Tah-ah!

Aurora Trujillo, 12-13, De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning, MT

By |May 10th, 2013|Categories: blog|Comments Off on Aurora Trujillo: Tah-ah!

Job Posting — Recruitment Coordinator

Employment Opportunity

Recruitment Coordinator

Lasallian Volunteers of The De La Salle Christian Brothers

Job Overview: The Recruitment Coordinator for Lasallian Volunteers, working as a team member, has responsibility for assisting in all programmatic efforts.  The Recruitment Coordinator will also manage all recruitment efforts and include other staff in these efforts.

General Responsibilities (include, but are not limited to):

1.     Development of yearly recruitment plan.

2.     Transition recruitment plan from system where Recruitment Coordinator is primary visitor to a system where the Recruitment Coordinator is an organizer, manager and contact person.

3.     Coordinate recruitment efforts at all of the Lasallian Colleges & Universities and key non-Lasallian colleges/universities. Create, sustain and strengthen key relationships with college personnel and on the ground recruitment representatives (i.e. alumnus, current volunteers, etc.).

4.     Organize Registration and Attendance at volunteer fairs.

5.     Connect and manage current and alum LVs to recruitment efforts; design a recruitment packet for their use and a recruitment schedule.

6.     Recruit, organize and manage LV Scholars. Maintain regular communication to provide guidance and support.

7.     Invite and accompany candidates through the discernment and application process: foster relationships with applicants; make initial and continuous contact via e-mail, phone and on-campus meetings, keep updated database/mailing lists of interested candidates, follow up with information requests through the website.

8.     Collaborate with the Associate Director to oversee the system of processing applications: collect, organize and create physical and electronic files for all applicants, review applications, schedule final interviews, collaborate with the LV leadership team on final interview, selection and placement process of applicants.

9.     Oversee production of recruitment materials and regular mailings to colleges/universities and Lasallian high schools.

10.  Connect with the volunteers, sites and communities by completing 2-4 site and community visits per semester.

11.  Regularly check and manage the LV e-mail account and other accounts connected to the program.

12.  Assist with implementation and planning of Orientation, Midyear and Debriefing Retreats.

13.  Assist/Aid in the operations of the National Office.

14.  Assist with overall development of the program.

Travel (will include but not limited to):

  • College Visits/Recruitment (approximately 2-6 in-person visits p/ collegiate academic year)
  • LV Retreats (July, January & May)
  • Some Development gatherings
  • 2-4 site/community visits (Fall & Spring)
  • Staff retreats
  • Lasallian & non-Lasallian Conferences
  • Priority to attend Lasallian Colleges/Universities and key non-lasallian Universities.

Qualifications:

  • Previous long-term volunteer experience.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of the Lasallian Volunteers team.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Willingness to participate in Lasallian Formation Programs.
  • Location of Office: The Christian Brothers Conference, located in Washington, D.C.

Start Date: September 1, 2015
Benefits: Full health benefits, Employee Pension Plan, 403B Employee Match, Professional Development
Salary: Competitive
Application Deadline: August 7, 2015

Applicant should submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

Kathleen Glackin
Director of Lasallian Volunteers
415 Michigan Ave NE
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20017
202-529-0047
kglackin@cbconf.org

 

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May 2013: Patrick Blythe

Service Site: La Salle School in Albany, NY

University: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock Borough, PA

What do you do?
I am a Recreation Coordinator for the boys who live in residence at the school.

What is the most important “thing,” do you think, that your students need from you?  What do you do to try to provide this?
A variety of recreational activities coupled with a positive attitude. Being a Physical Education major, I know ‘rolling out the ball’ isn’t really an activity at all. Many of our kids have never been out of the urban environment, so why continually give them an activity like basketball? It’s whenever we do things like caving, hiking, camping, Frisbee golf, and fishing that they need exposure to, and they literally beg us to take them! Frustrations often arise, but displaying that positive outlook helps them realize that attitude is a choice and doesn’t have to be run by emotions.

Is there anything you have you discovered about poverty from your work?
Very much so. I think the thing I’ve discovered about poverty while working here is that it isn’t necessarily just a physical aspect of life. It’s easy to look at a person and say ‘They look healthy’ but knowing their history and background exposes the real ‘malnourishment’ that our boys are currently dealing with while at the school. The young men that come to La Salle are mentally, emotionally, and spiritually impoverished, and it’s our job to nurture those aspects of who they are.


Have you noticed any signs of success in your work?  What are they?
Residential treatment is not a place of instant gratification, but that moment you begin to see positive behaviors from the kids is a feeling that cannot be matched. Certain kids have come from a background where nothing works out for them and they develop a negative outlook on life. A recent new employee and myself started playing hackie sack with the kids and the only real guideline is that while in the circle, only positive things can be said. After a few reminders in several circles, the kids began giving encouragement and constructive criticism, both in and out of the circle.

Why would you recommend the LV program to a college senior considering volunteering?
This program is so much more than just a term of service, which people may initially think it to be. Not only will it help you gain professional experience, but it helps you mature spiritually and socially. I can honestly say I’m learning more now than in my student teaching experience during college. These lessons and hardships are helping me change lives, and that’s the most rewarding part of this experience. The support system within the Lasallian Volunteers is an immense resource that can be accessed even after the experience, which is priceless moving forward in life. It truly is not just a service year, but a lifestyle that extends well beyond the two years most people volunteer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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