I adored my first Youth Conference. The effect that it had on the participants was described as a “Golden Bomb” in their year, and after experiencing one, I couldn’t agree more. The memories of that weekend will live with me forever. I still feel the confidence in our group as we sang, care free, parading down the street. I still see the sun and the smiles as we reflected on a labyrinth and conversed under an old oak tree. There was a power in reading I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King as the sun rose in the same spot where he read it. We made true connections with complete strangers during profound conversations with other teenagers. The sheer verve created by the youth conference instilled me with hope. All these joyous moments helped me grow and heal. Finally, I can testify that these youth conferences really do create a “Golden Bomb” in one’s year.
Leap, Laugh, Love.
By Rachel Soliday, 17, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin