One of the events that I had attended was the Open House at RIC. I had never been to an open house and wasn't sure what to expect. Once I had arrived it was explained what I needed to do and because I am outgoing and can talk to people easily I was able to speak with some parents, grandparents, and potential students about attending RIC and what Youth Development was all about. I got some tips from Leslie on how to go about talking about YDEV and after the first time I did it, it became easier to explain it. I used my elevator speech and added to it. I told people that RIC was a good school to attend and it was affordable. I also spoke about YDEV and how the program had helped me understand what my passion in life was. I told people that YDEV was a mix of Educational classes, Non-Profit classes, and Social Work classes and that this gives the student a taste of what it is to work with youth and you don't have to go right into those areas immediately. I told them my story and how I learned so much from the program and that I will have my degree in YDEV in the spring and will be moving into the Masters Program for Social Work. I let them know that this was a route that was good for me because I knew I wanted to work with youth but didn't know what area I wanted to go in and YDEV gave me a taste of three paths that work with youth and then by the end of my BA I was ready to move on to SW. I handed them pamphlets and gave all the information and said that if they were interested in working with youth and wanted to pursue fields like they ones that YDEV teach then this was the program for them.
I had a lot of fun meeting new people and meeting potential students of RIC. I also had fun with the people who attended to help out and it is something that I would like to do again because I believe that YDEV is a great program and it really helped me focus on what I wanted to do with my life.