photos: 2011

Our Extraordinary Pioneer Year with STATE!

My dear volunteers,

This first year of STATE has gone by in a brilliant flash of green and blue. When I began to piece together this dream twelve months ago, I hadn't the slightest clue as to what I would experience in the year to come. It is impossible to express what an honor it is to work alongside you phenomenal young adults. Without fail, you impress me at each and every volunteer event; your enthusiasm, cleverness, and insatiable curiosities keep me working harder with every passing day, searching for the next great experience to bring to you all. This year-end statement is a joy to write: as I do so, I am smiling ear-to-ear. Looking through the photos, I find myself with a feeling somewhere between parent-like pride and a young person's awe, which resonate in my head as a mellow, heartfelt 'wow.' I am very much looking forward to the grand adventures we are sure to find in 2012!

Sincerely, Rebecca