The Follow Up
"When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change."
- Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
Each GO! project has three distinct phases: the preparation period, the immersion experience, and the follow up. The follow up is often difficult for summer projects whereas they customarily return after the academic year has ended. However, for the winter and spring projects, the follow up period is considered equally important as the other aspects of the project.
During the follow up period, the teams are required to conduct several meetings, continue with their fundraising, and focus on ways to incorporate their GO! experience into their everyday lives. The follow up period is essential in that the encounters on the project are often difficult to process. In addition, each community acts as a support to help each other through this time of process and reflection. The teams are also encouraged to continue their communication with the host community as solidarity and relationship building are the cornerstones of GO!.
The Board will conduct follow up events after the winter and spring projects to allow the teams to share their experiences with the greater GO! and Fordham communities. Please check the Upcoming Events page for details on these follow up events.
There are also several on campus resources to continue learning about social justice, simple living, community, and spirituality. In particular, the Dorothy Day Center for Service and Justice offers an array of local service opportunities in New York City. The Office of Campus Ministry also offers numerous spiritual retreats throughout the academic year. Click here for information regarding the retreat program.
The GO! staff is also available to work with students who are processing their intense service and immersion experiences. Please click on the Contact Information section of the website to obtain the necessary contact information for the GO! staff.