CISV Atlanta Newsletter – Winter 2005
I first became involved in CISV as an 11 year old when I was chosen for a Village to Guatemala during the winter of 2000-2001. I have also been a delegate to a 15 year old Summer Camp in Michigan City, Indiana. I held the position of Junior Branch President for the Omaha Steering Committee and am currently the Junior Branch Co-President for the Atlanta Steering Committee. In these positions I have traveled to many National Activities such as the National Board Meeting and most importantly for the youth, the National Youth Meeting.
The National Youth Meeting also known as NYM is the biggest National activity for CISV USA’s Junior Branch. NYM is always held in May on Memorial Day Weekend and hosted by one of the CISV USA Chapters. It begins that Friday and continues on through that Sunday. Although you must fill out a few forms, the NYM experience is the best National youth experience and is the closest thing possible to any CISV International experience.
What is NYM? Every year, youth from all chapters and steering committees of CISV-USA gather together for a weekend of fun and education, CISV-style. It’s a three-day minicamp and the whole country is invited. Activities are similar to those found in CISV summer programs, but all relate to the overall theme…which is decided by the National Youth Meeting Committee who plans and runs the NYM. All ages are welcome, but it is recommended that JBers 13 and up attend NYM.
As a delegate who has been to two National Youth Meetings it is my pleasure to say that NYM is the most meaningful national activity your child can and will experience. At NYM you build character traits, become more outgoing, learn an incredible amount and gain many different points of view. At NYM I met and your child will meet all kind of people from across the country and become friends with all of them and build friendships that will last a life time in only a weekend…it is truly amazing!!!! The National Youth Meeting is a life changing and fun filled experience you must experience! Peace.