Quinlan Stein

Joined May 2017
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  • Day37

    Let Freedom Ring

    June 15, 2017 in the United States

    (2) What about being in Philadelphia was a new experience:
    I have a strong passion for learning. Being a History major I truly value any time I am able to stumble across any piece of history, no matter how small. Though Philadelphia is in no way considered to be small. Philadelphia was the first capital of the United States of America, considered to be a capital city before the Revolutionary War and the United States were even called the United States. Philadelphia is the city the Deceleration of Independence was written in, Independence Hall being the building where the Deceleration of Independence was signed and dated July 4, 1776. Philadelphia houses a grave site where many founding fathers are currently buried. Philadelphia is where the first penitentiary in the United States was built and remains in ruins. Philadelphia still this day has some of the original streets that many famous men and women once walked every day. I was able to view the Liberty Bell that rang out in Independence Hall after the Revolutionary War. I was able to sit in the same church that Benjamin Franklin and his wife attended, being able to view the pew they sat in every Sunday. I was able to eat at a Tavern that has been around for hundreds of years, a Tavern that had been frequented by many past Presidents and founding fathers of this country. By walking the streets in Philadelphia, I was literally walking in the footsteps of our nation’s history. Being immersed in as much history as Philadelphia had to offer was certainly a new and thrilling experience for me. While I have traveled to other historical sites throughout the United States, I have never been surrounded by so much history in my entire life. Walking the streets where many historical figures lived and worked, being in the buildings that have stood for hundreds of years was such an amazing realization. One that I have only ever had the pleasure to experience in Philadelphia.Read more

  • Day36

    Hey, I know Pastor Wes!

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    (5) Philadelphian leader:
    The man speaking in this picture is Pastor Wes Tink. A man who not only was able to inspire me that day in Philadelphia but many within the Stenton Park neighborhood. Wes is the director and sole staff member at Front Step, an organization recently revived by Wes to help clean up one of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods. The Leadership team met Wes during our service day at Front Step. A service day that was almost canceled due to a recent death in Wes’s family. However, Wes’s dedication to this community surpasses anything I have ever witnessed or been a part of. Wes first greeted us with a kind welcome sign along with juice and muffins to start the day. He gave us a tour of the facility that is used to provide programs for children in the neighborhood and the church sanctuary where he preaches. He would not have wasted precious service time if it were not for the extreme pride he felt for Front Step. Wes here in this picture is discussing the need for leaders to be adaptable. During our service day the chainsaw did not end up working and some bags he was going to have us move had already been taken care of. Yet, Wes certainly utilized our presence within the neighborhood. Wes is truly a servant leader. While walking up and down the streets of the neighborhood I had the opportunity to speak with many different people. When asked what I was doing I consistently said that I was working for Front Step and Wes Tink. Everyone I spoke with knew Wes’s name, knew what he had been doing for their community. I spoke with several people, and for them all to know Wes means that he must be actively involved in the lives of everyone in that neighborhood. Each member of the community I spoke with was exceedingly grateful for our help, though no one was as appreciative as Wes (he even sent out thank you emails to all of us afterward). Most importantly as Wes’s follower that day, he made me truly feel valued.Read more

  • Day36

    Mural Tour

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    In an effort to help clean up parts of Philadelphia many murals across the city have been commissioned. Graffiti is not always necessarily vandalism, but rather an art. I was able to leave my own mark on Philadelphia on the walls at a Graffiti Bar!

  • Day36

    William Penn

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    There were two people we consistently heard about while in Philadelphia. The first was Benjamin Franklin, the other, Willliam Penn. Two very important men in relation to Philadelphia's history. Here you see a prayer William Penn prayed over Philadelphia, located inside the capital building.

  • Day36

    Put me In Coach

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    (4) What did you learn in the field experiences that helped you understand Philadelphia better:
    Baseball fields were seen all over Philadelphia. This particular one is located right across from Front Step in a neighborhood park. While partnering with Front Step to help clean up a neighborhood in a struggling part of Philadelphia I was able to speak with many of the people who lived in the area. Many people were walking by or sitting out on their porch when we came by picking up trash. Philadelphia is the city it is today because of the people who have lived there as well as the people who continue to live there and shape the structure of the city. Working alongside Front Step provided me with an excellent way to get to know those who were living in poverty, those we were serving, as well as a way for me to get to know Philadelphia. Before stepping out to work within the neighborhood we were warned about theft, but because the people living there were delinquent, but rather they were simply just poor. We were also informed that the specific neighborhood we were working in had the lowest education levels in the city. But yet, once we began speaking with the many people we saw out on the street my ideas of the people of Philadelphia were changed and my ideas of Philadelphia the city were changed as well. The neighborhood was trashed, however, all these people needed was a little motivation. Every single person I spoke with out on the street simply needed to know someone cared. One man even asked me where I found the trash pinchers I was using. Service as simple as cleaning up trash on the street provided just enough inspiration for some living in that neighborhood to say “put me in coach!”Read more

  • Day36

    I can say I have truly seen Philly

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    (8) What kind of influence will this trip have on you as a leader?:
    All my life I believed a leader should be a certain way, act a certain way, say certain things. I have grown up believing that a leader was born with certain qualities that make them great. Over the past few years, this mindset has certainly changed and been influenced by many service projects and leadership opportunities. While in Philadelphia the service work the Leadership team experienced was very diverse. We worked on sites that both showed short term and long term change. But it wasn’t necessarily the type of work we did that was so effective in my own personal leadership development. This trip to Philadelphia has shown me that it matters most where the service work takes place. It is important to assess the need, assess the surroundings, and assess your followers before going into a project. As a leader, you are in the position to make judgements about a situation and then it is your job to do what is best for your followers. Through my experiences in Philadelphia, I have learned that while in a leadership position it is necessary to work with others and allow others to lead at times for a project to be successful. There were many leaders that participated in one project alone, but yet not one leadership style specifically dominated. They all were able to work toward a common goal to achieve something great. This trip has taught me that no matter where I go, leadership will continue to work in successful ways and work in unsuccessful ways, that there are problems that may arise, but working with your followers to achieve a positive outcome may always work best when the leader works alongside their followers. Because we worked in parts of Philly that not just every tourist typically sees, because I traveled to the very top of a Philadelphia observatory, because I have seen almost all of the historical sites, I can truly say I have seen Philly.Read more

  • Day36

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    Eastern State Penitentiary was the first penitentiary built in the United States. Al Capone was housed here for a short time and while on tour here I was able to view his cell. It had running water before the White House, and its model has shaped many of today's modern prisons. Eastern State Penitentiary was operable until 1971, it has laid in ruin since. An extremely haunting building, but an excellent view of a large portion of history within the American criminal justice system.Read more

  • Day36

    City Tavern

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    Getting the opportunity to eat at City Tavern was like a trip back in time. This tavern is one that many past Presidents and founding fathers frequented. It sill stands in all its historical glory, the waiters and waitresses even wearing colonial attire.

  • Day36

    Benjamin Franklin Museum

    June 14, 2017 in the United States

    I found this map located within the Benjamin Franklin Museum. A museum dedicated to Franklin's life and work. This is a map of Philadelphia as Benjamin Franklin knew it. I found this map fascinating because each day I was in Philadelphia I walked these streets, walked past these buildings.

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