WESTMINSTER, Vt. – Children from Kurn Hattin Homes recently spent four full days in Washington, D.C. to participate in the National Fellowship of Child Care Executives (NFCCE) Youth Leadership Summit. This conference for the students included empowering leadership workshops and tours of educational museums, national monuments, and historic places. The Kurn Hattin children traveled to Washington, D.C. to join other students from participating children’s homes from all around the country to learn leadership skills, gain historical knowledge to build a sense of community and civic responsibility, and forge new partnerships across the country. In order to attend the trip, the children were required to write compelling essays about why they were interested in attending the conference.
The excursion to Washington, D.C. was the experience of a lifetime for these children. On the first day they saw the Lincoln, Vietnam Veteran’s, and Korean Memorials. On day two they had a morning workshop and then headed out to see Arlington National Cemetery, Embassy Row, the National Cathedral, Jefferson Memorial, and the FDR Memorial. On the last day before traveling home they again had a workshop in the morning and then visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, parts of the Smithsonian Institution (including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Zoo), and finished up with a moonlit dinner dance cruise down the Potomac River!
One of the Kurn Hattin students said he was very happy to have been chosen to attend the 2017 NFCCE Youth Leadership Summit. It was like having what he studied in class all these years come to life. He was especially interested in the Holocaust Museum as it was all very moving. Thank you to the sponsors for this important educational experience for the children in our care.