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  • Sarah McIntosh 10:38 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink
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    This Is Goodbye, But It’s Not The End 

    With the annual meeting out of the way, my final two weeks with NYRA flew by very quickly. Like many other interns, I grappled with the question of what I could do to have a lasting impact on the organization I worked for. After I finished following up with our meeting speakers and tablers, I did just that. I assembled Chapters materials for NYRA’s NEW website, which finally went up last week!

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  • Sarah McIntosh 9:43 pm on August 19, 2011 Permalink
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    Annual Meeting Re-Cap 

    Time for some long overdue blog posts! First and foremost, our annual meeting the last weekend in July was a huge success. I was able to enjoy the speakers and panels I wanted to see and still fulfill my responsibilities ensuring that the meeting ran smoothly. The weekend was a good balance of running the meeting, and taking a break to enjoy the speakers I wanted to see. It was great to finally see all my hard work finally pay off, and I met many inspirational people throughout the course of the weekend.

    To anyone undertaking this kind of event planning experience at their internships, the best advice I can offer is to just go with the flow. When things do not go according to plan, which they inevitably won’t, don’t stress about it. Speaker doesn’t show up? Ask one of your attendees to fill in for their spot. Keynote speaker needs a ride from his hotel? It isn’t every day you get to drive around a man who worked with B.F. Skinner. Starbucks forgets to prepare your coffee? Smile and wait for them to fix their mistake. I’m normally a perfectionist about all the little details, so I was quite proud of myself for not stressing out over every little mishap that weekend. (More …)

  • Sarah McIntosh 3:24 am on August 1, 2011 Permalink
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    A Weekend in Tweets 

    I have one word to sum up the annual meeting conference this weekend: Wow. But that one word doesn’t even begin to cover my weekend of successes, triumphs and ah-ha moments. Needless to say I am exhausted, inspired, and at the end of the day, giving up my weekend for work was completely 100% worth it. [Many of my friends are shocked by this. I think I’m lucky to have found a job I really care about.] So, since I am too tired to write about everything at the moment, I’ve decided to list my twitter posts from the weekend instead.

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  • Sarah McIntosh 12:45 am on July 26, 2011 Permalink
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    Conference Planning is a Lot Like College… 

    Only one week to go until the annual meeting, and things are getting pretty crazy over at NYRA’s national office. It’s such a great feeling to see something you’ve been planning for so long finally come together. Still, there’s a lot left to do before next weekend. I have to compile descriptions of the meeting workshops, put together conference materials for all the attendees, follow up with some of the sponsorships I haven’t heard back from, call the RSVP list to make sure folks are coming, and make up nametags for all the participants. Mix in the fact that our color printer refuses to cooperate with my laptop and I’ll be tabling for NYRA at Warped Tour on Tuesday, and it’s going to be one heck of a busy week!

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  • Sarah McIntosh 11:56 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    T-Minus 3 Weeks and Counting 

    With our Annual Meeting fast approaching at the end of this month, things have been pretty crazy over at the National Youth Rights Association. I’ve had my hands full with sponsorship follow-ups, inviting organizations to attend the meeting, and contacting attendees about their travel plans. Here’s a re-cap of some of my exciting experiences/victories over the past few weeks:

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  • Sarah McIntosh 2:35 am on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    An Average Day’s Commute 

    Break your shoe at work.
    Miss the bus by less than a minute because you can’t run with said broken shoe.
    Wait for the next bus.
    It’s 93 degrees out today.
    Try to get on the next N4 that pulls up, only to discover it’s a D5.
    Wonder why MetroBus couldn’t bother to change the sign.
    Wait another 15 minutes.
    Finally catch a bus.
    Be thankful today isn’t the day you work a second job. Otherwise, you would already be late.

  • Sarah McIntosh 11:38 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink
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    Overcoming Phone-A-Phobia 

    Of all the responsibilities I have at my internship, talking on the phone is the one I enjoy the least. If given the choice between making a phone call or sending an e-mail, I prefer the e-mail. Writing gives me the chance to think about and articulate what I want to say. But in many situations, a phone call is faster, more efficient, and sometimes the only option for communication.

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    • Marie Spaulding 4:51 pm on July 7, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sarah – making those phone calls sounds very tough. I like the compromises you suggest if the business owner does not want to give you money. You are so right that doing something that benefits both your organization and the business owner is a win-win. Marie

  • Sarah McIntosh 2:44 pm on June 29, 2011 Permalink
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    The Power of a Letter 

    Earlier this month at the National Youth Rights Association we learned that a town in Hastings Minnesota was thinking about installing a high-frequency noise device to stop vandalism in a local park.  The problem with this device is that it unfairly targets teenagers. It emits a high-pitched frequency that [allegedly] only teenagers can hear. I say allegedly because the company may claim only teens can hear it, but in reality many older folks and pets can hear it too. A similar device, the mosquito, was installed in Chinatown late last year and taken down after NYRA filed a complaint that the device unfairly discriminated on the basis of age.  (More …)

  • Sarah McIntosh 10:37 pm on June 22, 2011 Permalink
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    A News-Worthy Internship 

    One of the things I love most about interning for a small non-profit is the wide array of experiences and skills I acquire. I’m not a communications major and I’ve never taken a journalism course, yet this summer one of my responsibilities is to track NYRA’s presence in the news. Each month we send out a newsletter to our membership, entitled “NYRA Freedom”, summarizing our accomplishments over the past month. For the May issue of this newsletter I assembled a press list of articles NYRA was mentioned in and other news articles related to the work we do. This month I was very excited to actually write some of the articles for the monthly newsletter.  (More …)

  • Sarah McIntosh 4:23 am on June 16, 2011 Permalink
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    You Need a Harvard Degree to Tell Me That?! 

    Yesterday I headed over to Georgetown Law School with NYRA Executive Director Alex Koroknay-Palicz for the Computers, Freedom and Privacy conference. Alex was speaking on a youth privacy panel hosted by the American Library Association. The intent of the panel hosts was to discuss Facebook and online privacy issues (kids put all their information on the internet these days, etc etc etc) but Alex’s presentation centered around the idea that Facebook isn’t the biggest threat to youth privacy. Teachers, parents, and new technology like GPS phone tracking devices present a much greater threat to privacy.

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