GIPS Trip - Generation Wake Up

Cait Corrigan-Orosco, student
Thursday, March 27, 2014

“Igniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, sustainable world” This is the mission statement of Generation Waking Up, an organization that Students of the Woolman Spring 2014 Semester were introduced to during the Global Issues Peace Studies Trip last week.

We met with two ambassadors for the organization, Barbara and Mary, whose goal was to first AWAKEN, second EMPOWER, and lastly MOBILIZE the public.

We watched inspiring videos, danced to calming yet energizing music, and discussed the issues in the world and (when I didn’t think things could be any better) we thought of ideas about how to create positive change for the negative issues.

After a week of learning about the injustices of the prison system it was a great and inspiring refresher to think, hear and discuss positive change in our hometowns that we can facilitate ourselves. I came up with the idea of helping make NYC a greener atmosphere by planting grass, trees, gardens ect… on the roofs of the NYC skyline!

Even though I’m not too excited about leaving Woolman in about a month and a half, I am extremely motivated to go back home and be a leader and organize positive change.

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