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E MPLOY E E NE W SL E T T E R S E P T E MB E R 2013 Clockwise from left: the boys and counselors after completing a service project in Victor, a view of downtown Chicago, and an evening fireside at the camp in Victor. Chicago Urban Studies tour a success for young men, BYU-Idaho students » By Matt Urick During the Summer Session, 12 BYU-Idaho students had the opportunity to participate as counselors in the Chicago Urban Studies tour. The program spanned two weeks in August and involved 36 young men from inner city Chicago. Grover Wray and Steven Hay, both instructors in the Department of Social Work, supervised the program. The counselors spent four days in Chicago getting a taste of the culture and then spent the rest of their time at a camp in Victor, Idaho. The camp was set up and designed for the young men from dusk until dawn and was full of daily activities, including fly-fishing and swimming. Ciara Cornejo, one of the counselors and a senior in the social work program, taught the young men about dating etiquette. She said they learned the importance of being gentlemen and how they should always treat women with respect. Each morning everyone would wake up early and participate in a flag ceremony at 7:30. Following that they would have breakfast and then begin their daily activities. The counselors were responsible for creating an activity they would be in charge of sometime during the 10 days at camp. Activities ranged from a music appreciation course to making survival bracelets. The young men would rotate activity stations throughout their day in order to accommodate all 36 of them. By the end of this experience, these boys became my role models. C I A R A C O R N E J O, C A M P C O U N S E LO R “I feel this experience allowed the boys and me to rejuvenate ourselves from the world and feed our spirits,” Cornejo said. “I look at life very differently now and am very humbled when I think of my life and all the blessings I have.” The camp provided an opportunity for the young men to learn and grow not only physically, but also spiritually and socially as well. The counselors described it as instilling a renewed sense of hope and confidence in the young men. “I really enjoyed just communicating with the boys,” said Erik Barrus, a senior studying social work. “I spoke with one boy for hours about life, God, goals, and of course girls.” Every evening the young men, the counselors, and the faculty advisors would gather around a fire and would conduct a fireside. They would share experiences that have helped them grow continued on page 6 S E P T E M B E R 2 013 l1

News & Notes September 2013

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