TAB’S MARCH UPDATE

TAB had it’s first all day training for the year on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30-2:30 in the Leake Room. 28 TAB members earned 6 hours of community service as they learned the following skills; leadership, public speaking, event planning and time management.

UC Davis’s Early Academic Outreach Program volunteered 6 Student Assistants to facilitate the training including, Maryam Irfan who was instrumental to the success of the Yolo Youth Rally. 

What made this year’s training special was that we had our TAB members; Abbigail, Anoushka, Amber, Rosaamelia and Mia assist with the training by talking about how they utilized their skills in TAB, school and life. These young ladies have been active in TAB for over 2 years and were able to share their experience and knowledge to new TAB members.

Anoushka describes the training;

This past weekend, TAB had its first training of the new year, and I was privileged to have been a co-facilitator, alongside UC Davis students from the Early Academic Outreach Program. I helped lead the welcome, then led parts of the leadership section and then led an activity called ‘Outburst’. I liked how this training went; I think it was much better than the previous trainings because it was entirely student-led, which gave room for personal stories and a change of voice. 

I think for the next training, senior TAB members should have slightly larger parts that they can take over themselves, and they can practice before hand to make sure they know their parts. I think student-led trainings can be more effective in cases like these, and it would be great to see that for TAB in the future. 

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All of TAB is gearing up to use these skills for upcoming events that include;

  • Open Mic/ Talent Show
  • Teen Pool Party
  • Teen Summer Reading Program/ Book Club
  • Homeless Shelter Dinners

We are meeting today to continue planning these events! Stay tuned! If you would like to get involved, sign up and I will contact you.

We meet every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at the library. Our next Saturday Training is March 25th, 8:30-2:30 at the Yolo County Office of Education at 1280 Santa Anita Court, Woodland. 

 

Teen Book Review: Shadowlands

Shadowlands Series by Kate Brian:

After a teacher she admired turns a serial killer and comes after her, Rory Miller and her family move to an FBI secured home in a place called Juniper Landing. However, this new place has its own mysteries: the fog-soaked island town lacks phone and Internet service, and a group of powerful young locals is overly focused on Rory, and when people from the town go missing, others don’t seem to care.

Her sister Darcy and her become friends with a group of exotic teenagers, and spend their time partying and having fun, until one of their new friends goes missing. This series is about love and loss, and the importance of family and relationships, a definite must read for lovers of mystery and romance!

Review by Anoushka, 12th grade

The Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank with diaryThe Teen Advisory Board attended the play, “The Diary of Anne Frank,” at the Woodland Opera House. We were very grateful to receive free tickets from Meg and Tom Stallard so that 25 TAB members and 6 parents could watch this moving, true story of a young Jewish teen girl who had to go into hiding with her family during World War II.

Natalie, a sophomore at Pioneer High writes:

I really liked the play of The Diary of Anne Frank because it was interesting and funny. First, it was interesting to see what it was like from Anne’s point of view. I liked how her voice was narrating whenever she was writing in her diary. It helped me understand what living in hiding must have been like. It’s hard to imagine not having the freedom to do whatever you want and go outside whenever you want.

It made me feel bad for Anne Frank, her family, and all the other people who experienced something like that. I think the play made the story easier to understand because I could actually see it happening. The actors did a very good job of portraying each character’s personality and made me see what the situation was like from different perspectives. I really felt like I connected with the characters, almost as if I was there with them. I liked how the play had some funny parts and wasn’t just super serious, although the ending was sad.

I learned from the play that I should appreciate the freedom that I have. It makes me sad that Anne Frank never got to be free and do all the things she wanted to do. Overall, I enjoyed the play and it helped me understand the story better. 

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Abigail, 12th grader at Woodland Christian wrote a short essay about the play which can be found here.Anne Frank

Yasmin, 9th grader at Pioneer writes:

The Anne Frank play was very inspiring. I learned a lot more about Anne Frank and what she went through. I couldn’t even imagine living in that time and being afraid everywhere I turned. And worrying whether I would be taken or if I would be split up from my family. Anne Frank must have been really scared but she made the most of it and always stayed positive.

I learned that Anne was a very hyper girl and that she annoyed a lot of people. It certainly enriched my understand of World War Two and the atrocities that occurred. I learned that in the face of danger to always stay positive whenever you are scared. The play was funny at times and sad others. I thought it was really funny when Anne tried to pet the cat and Peter didn’t let her. But the ending was sad, knowing that they were taken and separated. It almost brought me to tears knowing Anne died a month before she was supposed to be released.

The Anne Frank play was sad but funny. I have learned a lot seeing this experience first hand and I would have never thought Anne could stay positive through it all. All together this was a great play and very entertaining. I never thought life was that bad back then.

 

 

An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir, is a well-written, intense, and intriguing story that takes place in a dystopian world. In the Martial Empire, those who defy the Empire are labeled with treason, punishable by death. This goes for every citizen: Laia, who becomes a slave to spy for the rebels only to save her brother, and even Elias, a powerful soldier training under the Empire.

An Ember in the Ashes is a perfect book for those who love all genres. It has romance and action, set in a dystopian world. In this story, every page has a new secret revealed  or the chapter ends with a cliff-hanger. Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down.

TAB Recap of February

HAPPY LIBRARY LOVER’S MONTH!

On February 14th, Valentine’s Day, our Teen Advisory Board prepared and served a special dinner to the homeless at our local shelter, Fourth and Hope. The idea stemmed from one of the TAB members wanting to get to know the local homeless and grew into this service project.

TAB served in multiple ways. One group decorated the dining hall in Valentines Day decorations purchased from Dollar Tree and handmade Valentines Cards. They also gave away free children’s books.

The second group cooked and prepared the dinner which consisted of making meatballs from grass-fed beef, spinach and spices,  stirring a huge pot of gluten-free pasta, and making the sauce from cans of tomatoes. TAB members cut loaves of bread and other members opened cans of fruit and mixed salads.

While we were cooking the meatballs, the grease trap caught on fire! Apparently, it had not been cleaned out from the night before so the grease from the meatballs caught fire. Luckily, staff was nearby to help put out the fire and no one was injured and we didn’t burn down the kitchen.

It was quite the experience and the teens enjoyed giving back to their community. We definitely learned how to communicate effectively and appreciate the operation that goes behind cooking meals for at least a 100 people. Many of the people who received dinner were very thankful and expressed their gratitude to the teens for serving.

 

Mia, 8th grader from Woodland Christian:

 I wanted to help out at Fourth and Hope to show the homeless community of Woodland that they are loved and that people sincerely care for them. It made me so happy to see how thrilled they were with the food and the decorations we had prepared. I loved working with my fellow TAB members and helping them make someone’s Valentines Day so memorable and special. 

Anoushka, 12th grader from Pioneer High:

On Valentine’s Day, TAB went to Fourth & Hope (a homeless shelter) to make and serve a Valentine’s Day dinner. I helped prepare the food and some of the decorations, and I had a great time! It was a really eye-opening experience for me, partly because I had never gone through the whole preparation process of getting the food ready for the needy. It made me proud to be a part of TAB, and I can’t wait to do it again. 

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