Today I arrived in work at 8 and prepared my class for next week and completed my fieldnotes from the visits I did this week. I left just after 11 and went to a yoga class for an hour before then going back to the apartment briefly to have luck and Skype home.
I then drove again to West Palm Beach, this time to meet with Jeane Miranda who id the CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. I conducted a long interview with her and got some really great insights into the way in which the clubs function, the way the funding streams work and the focus on mentoring of the most disadvantaged young people in the county – linked to the national Boys and Girls Clubs of America. It was very interesting to meet her and hear her perspective on things having been at the front end and seen the club working the other day. These clubs are certainly doing a lot to prevent crime, and around 80% of the kids are from low income families.
I left there at 4pm and drove down the i-95 and straight to the cottage where my mum and sister are staying – they had just arrived a few hours earlier. It was great to see them and we had a drink and a meal together. I’m staying in the cottage tonight which is only 5 minutes from FAU – it’s so nice to be in a house with a front and back door and a garden again – I have really missed that and good to have my own folk around me.