MAPS has been a whirlwind of fun mixed with chaos. In the beginning of the year my fellow juniors and I did not know how we were going to contribute our skills to make MAPS as successful as it was last year. Thankfully we recognized quickly that we were apart of a team that would support one another through chaos and laughter. This year we made a lot of posters so that we could make our community more aware of the causes that not only we were supporting but the causes that we were fundraising and donating to. The posters that we made included information on the terrible situation surrounding Malala, who we donated our KIVA microloans to, and information about our various fundraisers.
MAPS has not only help me become more aware with sustainable philanthropy but it has help me to grow up and become more aware of the situations that happen around the world. We watched Half the Sky and this inspiring movie not only pushed me to work harder in school but it made me realize how much I take for granted.
The aspect that I love about MAPS is how everyone has a voice. It is easy to have a voice due to the small group but also because of the encouraging voices of my peers. Even though we were the “newbies” we we planned projects, fund raised, and created new ideas. Caroline and I worked together on two huge fundraisers: the Instagram sale and the Faculty Favors. Though difficult at first the revenue that we made through these fundraisers contributed to the amount of money that we made and the more money we can donate.
The best part of MAPS was traveling to NYC and attending the Philanthropic Round Table. We sat front and center witnessing amazing women talk about their achievements. Not only did we see role models of strong, powerful, and resilient women right in front of us but we as a group bonded. The night ended with the Woman of Distinction Award, which was given to Linda Babcock. She really inspired me to speak up and negotiate when things do not necessarily go your way. As we made the hike back up to the Berkshires we reflected on the day’s events with laughter and excitement. As I was dozing off I realized that inspiring young women to do better, and finding that ones inner voice is essential in the world we live in is imperative. I was thankful that I was able to experience that and look forward to not only next year but to all the other girls who will have a similar experience as I did.
This is our last day in MAPS and it is very bittersweet. Next year we will be the new leaders and we definitely have big shoes to fill. I am so glad to be apart of such an inspiring group and to know a great group of girls. I hope to continue to MAKE IT POSSIBLE for girls all around the world to find their inner voice and stand up for what is right. As I come to the end of my reflection, I want who ever is reading this to remember that girls are powerful and we will go far…together.