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On Sunday August 21st, the 482Forward Youth Collaborative began our trip to New York City to gather information about youth organizing from organizations that have been organizing for a long period of time. Although the trip was long I think all of us in the Youth Collaborative agree that it was well worth it. Even the night we arrived we went from assigning rooms immediately into dinner, then to looking over our packets with our schedules and information, and splitting up into meetings addressing the upcoming meetings.
The next morning, we woke up to drive down to the docks. When we arrived we waited until a ship came to take us to Ellis Island, where we got to explore the historical building where millions of immigrants had come through to start a new life for themselves. Afterwards the ship came back around to sail us around the Statue of liberty, the view was absolutely breathtaking. That was the last we saw of New York, because after exiting the ship our long journey home had begun. Although we had only spent roughly 48 hours in New York we had done so much that it felt more like we were there a few days.