My name is Nikki Satira and I believe in magic.
I've been working at the p.i.n.e. project as a lead program staff for the last four years and love to infuse my programs with magical elements.
I've organized treasure hunts, planted messages from fairies, and invented characters like tree-protectors and animals with superpowers to teach the kids different lessons. I've dressed up as many different creatures, covered my face in glitter, crafted flower crowns, and weaved magical storylines into learning opportunities. I carry a glass flower in my backpack so that I can deliver messages from the plants to the children. I pollinate dandelions using my nose. I always carry a wand.
But that's not the kind of magic I'm talking about.
The kind of magic I'm talking about is when I see a child take a step into the forest for the first time after years of being afraid of it.
The magic that happens when a child sings a song that they learned to honour the death of an animal without prompting.
The magic that happens when I stay up until 3am around a campfire talking to a child who is crying about her parents' divorce.
The magic that happens when a group of 20 summer camp staff sing a song to a volunteers mother over the phone because she has Alzheimers and music comforts her.
The magic that happens when an 8-year-old child I've been teaching for four years decides that she will spend a night alone in the woods without a tent or sleeping bag - and actually does it.
The magic that happens when children have mentors.
At the p.i.n.e. project, mentors are people that children can look up to and learn from. They are people that will hold them accountable for their mistakes and take the time to help them draw the lessons out of them. They are people that will adapt to the learning needs of different children and meet them where they're at. They do more than just teach children about nature, they connect them to it.
the p.i.n.e. project teaches children how to learn, how to be better human beings and how to grow from facing obstacles and challenges. How amazing would the world be if more people were inspired about learning? How amazing would the world be if more people looked at a challenge or obstacle as an opportunity for growth and learning? How amazing would the world be if there were more people dedicated to continuous self-improvement?
Please donate to my sit and help us reach our goal of raising $15,000. This will help approximately 40 different individuals and families participate in our programs and experience the magic for themselves.
Thank you so much!