by Emilie McDonnell, TAS Generator
My Generate experience began with a leap of faith into something that I really did not know that much about. All I knew is that I wanted to be a young person involved in ending extreme poverty. In March I turned up, bags packed and thinking cap on, to the Generate retreat and I can truthfully say that this has been a highlight of my year so far. The retreat introduced us to the key ideals and goals of the Generate program and The Oaktree Foundation and the activities and information sessions that were held empowered and inspired us to do bigger and better than before!
Not only did we get an information overload but we had so much fun, a little too much perhaps! Highlights included the scavenger hunt, having a group spoon with people I had only meet a few hours earlier, epic games of ninja destruction, turning a male facilitator into a drag queen with face paint and last but not least, meeting an amazing group of people. After attending the camp and four weekly sessions, it is clear just how well our group meshes. Not only do we work together cohesively but we are becoming a tight knit group of friends, held together by our amazing facilitators and manager that give us never-ending guidance, laughs and of course, snacks for energy.
Currently, we are all busily preparing for Live Below the Line and I think I speak for all of my fellow Generators when I say we are engrossed in the content in each session, which is not only informative but interactive and thought provoking.
I feel privileged to be involved in a program that allows like-minded young people to fulfil their goals of ending world poverty and helping other people who are so devastatingly disadvantaged compared to us. I look forward to second semester when we can put our skills and knowledge into practice and hold a mind blowing event!
The Tassie Generate team is not a force to be reckoned with, fuelled with passion and ninja destruction skills; we are going to fight our hardest to end world poverty!