Be the Liaison
Season 1, Episode 27
Allison and Simone talk safety at camp (and off-site during camp), being a liaison for your community, and more!
Between the two of them, they share advice and perspective of having campsites in the middle of rural areas that don’t always have the resources of a larger city and the importance of planning with protocols.
If you’re looking for actionable ways to make your staff and camp safe this summer, this is the podcast for you.
Producer EmJ’s takeaways:
Front-loading can be overwhelming and reduce fear by knowing what you (or your staff) are walking into.
Everyones definition of safety is different.
Kids are ready for these JEDI conversations & you can have these conversations facilitated through games.
Simone Gamble is a community organizer and educator who resides in NYC with roots in the South Bronx. They earned both their undergraduate and graduate degrees at Hunter College; during their undergraduate career, they majored in Secondary Education and History and later Social Work at the Silberman School of Social Work on the Community Organizing track. They have worked at various youth organizations throughout NYC focusing on various social justice issues including immigration justice, police accountability, and education justice.
Simone is also an independent consultant who has facilitated workshops with a host of nonprofits, schools, camps, and after school programs centered in youth work around the issue of safer spaces for BIPOC communities with an intersectional, anti-oppressive lens. They have spoken at conferences and privately consulted with organizations around radical curriculum and workshop facilitation. Simone is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College teaching the Practice Lab Course for Social Work Graduate students, in which they guide them in practice using a liberatory health model.
Since 2017, Simone has stepped into the role as the Founder of OAAARS (Organizer.Activist.Artist.Advocate.Referral.System) which is a BIPOC consultancy that provides social justice centered education and training to promote safer and inclusive workspaces with hopes of creating change agents in the workplace and beyond. They look to help businesses, institutions, and nonprofits find talented BIPOC consultants to provide radical professional development training in the fields of social justice, equity, arts, wellness, and education. They dream of a world where folks dedicated to social good can live sustainably while transforming workspaces and ultimately their communities and the world at large.