Posse Spotlight on Pahlka Posse
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One of the aspects of Turing life is our posses, which are student groups designed to provide peer support and are named after well-known people in tech history. Last intermission week, Turing decided to do a "posse reboot," changing a number of things about the ways posses work at Turing. Namely, they are now opt-in and are focused on a particular topic or meeting schedule. I and a number of other students were invited to be new posse leaders. At first, I felt pretty hesitant about heading up a new posse. My prior posse was a little lackluster, and I had already put a lot of my time into other community programs and wasn’t sure if I would have the ability to head up a new posse well. But then, another student, Beth Sebian, asked for a partner in creating a posse focused on civic tech. Beth is one of the coolest people on the planet and I feel very passionate about addressing social issues, so, (of course) I had to ask Beth if she’d have me as her partner. She, (of course) was happy to have me, and we ventured forth on the creation of the Pahlka Posse, named after Code for America founder Jen Pahlka . Creating a Space People Want to Be In First step to getting our posse off the ground: recruit people to be in it. I ran around hyping the posse up to anyone who would listen, and then we pitched our posse along with all the other posses in front of the student body. From this, we got our first 10 members! Next step to starting the posse: get people to stay active in the group. We have all seen our fair share of groups form and then lose momentum and peter out...
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