On August 23-24, 2013 New Yorkers For Children Youth Advisory Board (YAB) participated in their first group retreat at the Fairview Lake YMCA in Newton, NJ. This retreat provided an opportunity for YAB members to reflect on their work this past year and plan for the upcoming school year.

This jam packed weekend included team building activities and project management workshops led Ysette Guevara of Minds On Fire (http://www.minds-on-fire.org). The YMCA staff also led the group through a challenging high ropes course. A campfire with s’mores and ghost stories topped off the weekend’s activities. When they were not in their workshops, YAB members were able to explore the beautiful hiking trails of the YMCA, swim in Fairview Lake, and play basketball and volleyball.

This quick trip outside the city provided an excellent opportunity for YAB reflect on their progress and prepare for another exciting year.

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