Although this paper does not require extensive hours of research, analysis, or intellectual capacity, it was equally as challenging on a deeper personal level. The one-week I have attended staff training at Bridge Builders in Montgomery, has been overwhelming, intense, incomprehensible, and incredible. Therefore, attributing to the challenging nature for writing such a paper.
Many of my expectations for Bridge Builders are a result of my experience with Camp Anytown, which I attended after my sophomore year in high school. Anytown was a youth leadership-development program that is specifically devised to reduce prejudice and conflict, and to prepare youth to become leaders of a diverse community. After being accepted into this intensive
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Bridge Builder’s goal is to transform a person so that they will have the ability to instigate change. I hope to be catalysts for students to develop the mental capacity to become transformational leaders after the camp. During the week, students will experience interactive, emotional, and moving lessons of prejudice awareness, empowerment, and personal communication. I expect the camp to provide the student with tools to bring lessons back to one’s community and to successfully apply them to real life situations. I hope Bridge Builders influences major changes in the attitudes of attendees/staff and build commitment for the organization’s missions, ideals, and objectives. Where as individuals are often considered to be transformational leaders, in this instance an entire organization has the ability to promote similar affects.
In Bowling Alone: America’s Declining Capital, Putnam explains the relation between economic prosperity and social connections. Putnam points out the correlation between those who grow up in “well-to-do” families and the educational opportunities that lead to future prosperity, or lack there of. Putnam analyzes the deterioration of social capital throughout the United States since the 1950s. In addition, he explains how societal factors have contributed to the decline of interpersonal social interactions, which in the past often lead to the foundation of social stature. He partly accredits this downfall to American’s vast