as someone on the other end of project: community! (as in, on the coordinating/programming side), watching the participants interact with the program and each other was really exciting. one of my major concerns with youth in this country, and particularly among the JA youth, is that there seems to be an aura of apathy or at the very least a disinclination towards community involvement. while this may not necessarily be true and community involvement can take various forms these days, it still seems the exception rather than the norm to have a commitment and interest in 'community'. thus, having programs like this and watching the students participate fairly enthusiastically was pretty inspirational. i'm super excited for the rest of project: community!, and hope that this can help build towards a renewed commitment to preserving our community, and all that goes along with that.