Dear Journey Group,

We are halfway through the PFO year, so I want to share my journey thus far, what I have learned, and how PFO has impacted me. Finishing off my first half of the PFO year with the Photography Committee was such a blast and such a great experience. Even though we were the smallest committee by far, it was really great because we were all out to have a lot more one-on-one time with our committee leader, Brandy, and our two co-chairs, Derek and Maddie. In the end, we were able to complete the entire Changing Charlotte book! It is really crazy to look back and see how we started off at the first meeting with basically everything to do, and at the final committee meeting have everyone there with everything complete! It was an incredible experience to see everyone grow week after week with their photography skills. In addition, being able to see how everyone represented their nonprofit through photography was an amazing thing to see, as well. Seeing how each person interpreted their nonprofit and chose to represent theirs through what they took pictures of really showed how artistic and creative the people in my committee are. From PFO, I have learned how to support and help others in more positive and effective ways. I have also learned how to be more open with and accepting of people from PFO being such an open, positive space. What PFO has taught me and the impact it has made on me is priceless because PFO has taught me skills and lessons that cannot be purchased, especially through all of the Lifetalks and Lifetalk activities we did. Each Lifetalk covered a real life lesson or issue and represented these through hands-on activities. I see PFO as a school that kids actually want to go to every day and teaches you lessons and ideas that help you through real life problems. Every person should experience PFO because PFO only brings positive outcomes in people’s lives.

In gratitude,
Riley