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It's Sunday November 3 and you're listening to -- Austin. My guests today include the least Garcia about it. Director of marketing and communications for the girl scouts of central Texas. So let us know how we can share some warmth and comfort to victims of domestic violence this fall. I'm also talking with Joseph Sanchez -- the recovery alliance of Austin and Eric in half Scott -- and and -- kept telling me from camp fire. That's a campfire for girls of yesteryear but today's campfire organization for boys and girls of all -- That's all coming up on inside Austin. I'm Keith Campbell. With this week's medically music minutes and tell us buyers club tells a true story of Ron Woodruff who are living homophobic womanizer who was diagnosed with aids in 1985 and given thirty days to live. Matthew McConaughey stars as Woodruff who became unhappy with the drugs available the United States so we smuggled him drugs from all over the world and set up a network to other HIV patients can buy them as a club grew in popularity the FDA and pharmaceutical companies came after Woodruff. You've tested positive horror -- -- Have you ever used intravenous drugs have you ever engaged. To address this and you have thirty days left. He's yeah -- -- and -- -- look at. -- a score of 84 indicates almost universally clean for -- buyers club the the Hollywood reporter calls have been throwing drama and the New York Observer please -- as powerful enlightening and not to be missed time prison look on his performance as a -- drastic in utterly persuasive and having a doomed fighter -- spires club -- -- -- -- now. Tremendous personal new releases this and that could dot com I'm Keith Campbell. You're listening to incite stand and today my guest is -- les Garcia. She's the director of marketing and communications for the girl scouts of central Texas thanks so much for being released I'm excited to get started on this I like to know more about the Girl Scouts personally because I think of cookies in England and and that's what most people think it's cookies camp and crafts. But what I like to tell people is that we are that but we are so benchmark primarily -- -- We've prepared curls TU. Find themselves in in their world hand to take ownership of and to finally take action. On two there -- new things war changed things wore make plans for the future. And we expect them time to and we prepare them to be leaders in what area ever area like that they find themselves whether it's. A mom wife they're going to be the best mom and wife that -- then it can be. Or whether it's the CEO major corporation -- -- radio host so so helping girls to feel empowered from a very hangings and yeah it's all about telling girls. That they can be into anything and I know that sounds very simplistic but it's very very powerful. And more important and that is because we have such a large alumni. And you know 85% of elected officials -- -- scouts all astronauts are Girl Scouts 67% of business owners were Girl Scouts. And so when you put those statistics in in face facial form in front of a girl if you show her. This is this is what this looks like in this is how you get there and you kind of mapped out for them. You do in a -- it's fining gauging where they really don't know that they're being taught. I think it makes for very powerful outcome. And if we're going to really achieve -- appeared in this nation -- women are really going to have the same leadership. Representation of the same representation leadership roles as men do. It's going to take an organization like Girl Scouts pushing our girls in teaching our girls are preparing our girls. So that they can -- in those positions that makes a lot of sense those statistics are impressive had no idea how -- Girl Scouts are everywhere and if it you know you're going to any room and ask about half the room raised their hands when -- -- who -- you're with a girl scout. And yes if you were daisy or brownie that counts. I think sometimes they think that if they were a little bit you know that -- -- that. -- the lessons that we teach about. -- -- Character and honor and service. All of those tenants really upset these girls up for. A like some success -- -- excellent whatever that success looks like for sure absolutely. So is social awareness and important component being a girl scout understanding he might be able to help those who has privileges. Absolutely. Our founder Juliette -- that started the girls at 201 years ago. Her she came from very privileged background and she was raised with the belief that too much has been given much is expected. And so the basic principles upon which Girl Scouts were founded. Were empowerment. Of women and you can imagine 1912 women to vote they were being taught how to fire. A shotgun and how to build firing and how to do Morse code and always -- them that was pretty pretty progressive era in those -- But part of her philosophy was that corals had to be of service and any girl can be of service that wasn't just -- privileged. Because anybody can make a fire anybody can. Raise a garden and canned food that -- the world or one that was one of the things that the girls were taught to deal with how to support you know that. The efforts of the adults who were serving our our soldiers. I'm an answer the corals were very much involved in that kind of -- and philanthropy that kind of mission and mindset. And we continued to this -- all our girls are taught to give back to their community in some former fashion. And in fact all our highest awards. Are around whether it's the bronze award the silver award the gold award which is the highest award you can achieve in girl scout. Are centered around philanthropy -- service. And says you have. Is this is the central Texas Girl Scouts organization have -- to -- -- sleep experts and safe place or did you discover safe place through sleep expert actually we have done work girls as central Texas has done work with safe place in the past. But this is a special relationship that we have that we had this is our second year to work with the wonderful people that experts and Christine cook their CEO. They had an idea. On that and -- being you know a man mattress company date the they of course thought. Things like what two people need and -- they are also very Philanthropic driven. And so they started this program where they donate blankets and sheets and towels and Rosen. On mattress covers and you know linens. Not to people who need them in particular this year they need me -- relationship with safe place. And if you think about it when somebody leaves -- situation domestic violence. They leave pretty much with the clothes they don't take anything. So when they arrive at a shelter near there with maybe perhaps a suitcase. And so there's nothing the longs to them. So imagine your sleeping on somebody else's you know she -- and using some else's blanket and it doesn't smell right he doesn't feel right. But then somebody gives you something that's yours and we'll go with few where you go in especially child. You know -- young mean blanket it's I don't know what that stuff is made of but you know the ones talking about it is first -- -- the first off yummy blanket. Met in your child at in this very strange place and somebody unity something's often warm and cozy get to snuggle up with nineteen. -- lot of comfort them and so I think that that that was the idea. For some experts partnering with safe place was. They did there's a lot of you know worthy organizations out there that would need something like this -- plays. Just does such a meeting work and other domestic violence owners use -- such amazing work with families and helping them to probably the most difficult time of their lives. So when they approached us we of course because this is a great opportunity for our girls. To understand. A situation like domestic currency gives an opportunity to teach them what is domestic violence what does that look like talking now. And I'm in this is very easy way for them to help -- -- EC girls now collecting for -- it is legitimate to ride. Most of the time you see the selling cookies. But this time we expect about 400 girls. In the Austin area to participate so that's quite a large number of girls that that will be collecting blankets and and they will be taking them to the sleep experts stores or people can actually go directly to sleep experts -- eleven stores in Austin area. And and leave leave the blankets and pillows in the -- and support there as well and if you're girls getting your listening you can also take the headquarters. And so how many blankets roughly do you expect like our goal is to collect 15100 that is articles click 15100 blankets and assorted things store last year we collected -- believe it was around 12100 so I think that's very doable goal I would like our girls to knock it out in the park. And do a lot more than that and I expect the -- community to really step up and help us with this so. We might collect a lot more than 15100 point that would be great sent to tackle and it what you -- saying the least really resonates because play I think that. Mean in a lot of cases women and children are right that some at these domestic violence shelters with nothing you know just including on their track. So you're really trying to build from absolute scratch and it's very and grounding American only mansion just -- like not even being able to feel that earth beneath your feet. Said to be able to do something so simple and so meaningful. And and it resonates with me because I have a blanket on my bad that I particularly line and every time I get about it and I feel so grateful to have a bad it's a constant yes. Yeah it is come. Eons and in my honor have the -- keep it she's had her entire life went to college there. And I have a blanket probably it in the house that young -- so often it's just just something about wrapping yourself up in a blanket that makes you feel. Safe and warm and -- in and just. -- yeah it gives you that theater feeling that is so important yeah. So you know eight and also people don't need to go out and -- these blankets that we're talking about I mean people commute you know -- -- -- the gently used blanket. Or. You know something he does the -- zipped up and saved and and nineties to work somebody's giving you -- your children in the doubting your trying to clean house. Just bring those in the as those those can be used as well you don't have to go -- and purchase anything and that has a great you know because we you'll have extra stuff other -- is over -- we got -- -- we don't end up using -- cleaning out the closet and setting an example for your children seeing you do that it's important to share with others. And you don't have to spend extra money peeking get your act fast I think it's very important. I also feel like this isn't really important lesson for all the girls and the Girl Scouts so that as they grow up to be women if they find themselves in the situation. Where they feel and say. Day now that there avenues they're things that they can do things that they can take so here they are working towards. This you know -- social awareness and helping other people they're gonna earn a patch right. Yes and so -- early and catch isn't badges are very big deal to -- girls it's it's it's kind of a symbol. Of the work that they have accomplished or something that they have learned any skill that they have learned. And so there's always a lot of learning behind when you see a girl and you see those badges and you see those patches. There's a lot of learning goes on behind knows it's not just treating card that some girl cats. So when she receives this -- sleep experts packed she's actually learning about. Caring for other people she's learning about domestic violence and like you said if she ever finds herself in -- it opens up the conversation. -- troop leader for a parent. To have a conversation with that girl to say to her this is not acceptable behavior from. And this is what a healthy relationship looks like an unhealthy relationship looks like. But if ever do you find yourself and healthy relationship there are places where you can go for help especially with our older girls you know we see a lot of -- teen dating you know not. Not necessarily violent sometimes but certainly. Very aggressive behavior or controlling behavior. And so it opens up feet -- conversation with our older girls to say. This is what appropriate dating looks like in this as an appropriate relationship with the -- -- looks like. And so therefore win when we collect blankets so much more than just blankets and when you kids. These blankets you're telling these girls that you're you're standing behind them at your helping them help others. And that you are part of that larger community that we always refer to when we talked work girls witches. The larger community that we all belong to all responsibility towards. And so it -- for instance have they come to use it. Where you see them somewhere or they ask you you know would you donate gently used blanket or new blanket or -- or whatever and you give to them. It just reinforces for them. That yes indeed there are people in the community caring yes indeed there are people we can count on to help us. Serve our mission of a serving others -- so important and if you're just now joining us on and class and were talking about the second annual share at the warmth blanket drive. And that's going on now and through Thanksgiving current significant kids. Extra blankets or a blanket that you may have in your home or you -- buy one -- to a girl scout or you could take it to -- eleven -- Austin locations of the sleep experts star cracked cracked all over the place as one by the domain there's one of the caves as one. Over -- I live in South Boston manslaughter they're they're very conveniently located says yes and a second annual share the warmth blanket drive an Austin but this has been going on in Dallas for quite awhile yes in actually in it in Dallas -- -- -- It's the ten year. The tent here in Dallas there are very successful there and that's where you know sleep -- -- is based out of Africa and so you know they they started this in in in Dallas. And with the Girl Scouts in Dallas and they were very successful there and so. They decided to try different market -- -- you know -- worked in Dallas let's try and Austin so Christine cook are partnered with us last year. And now we we had 300 girls participate we rate we've got 12100 blankets. So I thought it was very successful for our first year in him hoping to build on that success and our second year and just continue the tradition. And you can help -- -- and the Girl Scouts and sleep experts with physical. I have to do is take an extra blanket and the eleven Austin area locations of sleep experts stores or Tina -- neighborhood girl scout. -- and give it to her. So if someone's listening and -- in tenancy situation how could they get in touch with safe place where can they get more information apparently -- the national domestic hotline there's a domestic hotline can call but there's also and they can do you know global that but also. The safe place dot work. Is a great way for them -- on there they will how will the domestic violence hotline is there's others. People that they can call 24 salmon. You don't have to worry about being put on hold or having up -- answer. The end -- everything that they do is confidential we do not know what to say please location is where -- girls and how -- we were women and children are taken to. So you know that if you call them. Or you called in the national domestic hotline that they will protect your privacy and take your view and get two out of that unsafe situation where you happen -- It's now that safety is within reach out safely style or more information there. Second annual share the warmth blanket drive if you wanna do something simple that is gonna make a big big difference. To some women and their families. Take an extra blanket to any of the eleven Austin area sleep experts locations or give one to a girl scout that you nauert he's seen a girl scout flattened house that's right or they can drop them off at our headquarters. How we are on are -- twelve. Old twelve. Park 35 circle and warned north Austin. But it can go to G. -- CTX dot work and we'll have information on there as well that makes that kind of the les Garcia Bob thank you so much for being here director marketing and communications a girl scouts of central Texas thank you it was a pleasure to be here. Back in a moment with more insight Austin and 131 horsepower and -- zero to sixty time of eleven seconds. And they can't make enough of them to meet demand. This is just over with a -- chronicles to restaurant we're talking about these sons and Indy 200. In the latest in a growing field of small cargo vans and the test vehicle Nissan let me try outfit in my garage which is important that also gets twenty miles per gallon. One complaint the fuel tank is too small. It's also -- to bare bones but for small business it's all about saving money in up front and operating cost. These -- in V 200 isn't going to turn heads but it is going to get the job done. Let's give it four out of five stars with a car chronicles test drive I'm Jeff Gilbert CBS news. Who do you mean you're listening to an inside Stan and today I have with -- Joseph Sanchez. He is the president and co-founder of recovery alliance of Austin. That's an organization that provides peer based recovery support services. Sounds like a very needed program in this community Joseph and I'm curious to start out with how how did you found the program at all coming to dean. Well first let me introduce myself and my name is just the scientists and a person in the long term recovery. And what that means to means and I have not had a drink or drugs since October 2 2005. And I am extremely grateful. My own personal recovery journey started in El Paso. Now right on the border. I'm back in 2005 and I went through a residential recovery program. What that was this is not like your traditional treatment setting where there's a lot clinicians involved but there was a lot of people in recovery. You know doing all the programs there was people in recovery helping people -- So that's what we talk about peer based recovery support services. You know it's. Services like that like that residential recovery center that you know really at heart beat QB services. So the organization that it went after who has called costs and be done and that there. You know parent company's it was a recovery alliance of all -- so. So I started. After you know being there for quite some time. I wanted to. You know changing environment changes seen get more exciting vibe on and on and what better place to do that that Austin. So I'm roots here and there is tunis and services that we're lacking here in capitol city and I thought to myself. That you know why -- start more peer based services here. So a little homage to the recovery alliance of El Paso I named it for -- to Boston that organizations literally saved my life span and that. I think no one of our goals is to kind of help save lives here and. Austin's. Long so that sounds mean that's a nice way to sort of remember at the beginning. Absolutely yeah so how long had -- been an Austin -- I have been in Austin. Since 2010. And so what is the mission of the recovery lines Austin. Our mission is to strengthen the recovery community by providing an educational opportunities and support services. Our goal is to really unified the recovery community by using the spirit of collaboration -- Really reaching out -- the community and you know organizations and businesses and saying you know. Where your parents' years here loved ones your friends and and were out there and we need to support. And what if someone is listening right now what might be some of the things that can impact a person's decision. In. Seeking out help for substance of these. Honestly there's huge stigma. Around alcoholism and drug addiction and and a lot of people don't want to really reach out for help you know people think that. You know maybe those issues are moral problem -- you know if they don't they don't have enough will power so to speak. So well you know days there's lot of stigma around plus. Every time using you know turn on the TV here you read it and you know an article in newspaper it's all the gloom and doom about Tina alcoholism and drug addiction. You don't really see a lot about Tina. Of people celebrating umpteen years of recovery and what they've done in the process. And you know I think that's you know one of those you know roadblocks to achieving you know long term ever. I'm really surprised to hear that because the way. That my personal experience as when I see you know recovery portrayed in media. Movies or you know other media it seems quite positive. That you know it's it's an ownership you know yeah I had a problem and I dealt with and I have moved time. And it's interesting to hear you talk about that the statement that still exists very much in the set today. Absolutely I mean we we've seen not I would say in the last 34 years a lot of you know positive shoes about it a recovery but you know. Between intervention that show on pain the start there was -- like you know -- the whole process of you know it's all the gloom and doom and they show it. The last. What 510 minutes of the show they said the solution Bryant right. And you know. There's a whole recovery movement -- you know kindness and pain in the you know want to get a get a show that really focuses on the solution and we're doing. So old they wanted to. Show. Recovery coaches interacting with people and following them you know throughout their process. And you know so they do cast column -- you know gather all this information and we thought you know that things were gonna you know be. A little more positive and then they come -- -- relapse. You know even in that period you know trying to you know so -- and then all the other stuff that we still see and you know around. No death of Whitney Houston. And you know the young man from -- you know. If there was not a stigma involved. I can guarantee you people would reach out and say hey -- need help. -- in the mountains make sense. Is it true that Austin has been called the fifth trunk -- city in the US. You know. You feel when you really think about it means yes extreme like music capital of the world has a lot going on college town and exactly exactly there's a lot going on here. And you know honestly. There is really strong recovery here in Austin and you know part of them were -- lines of Austin scene. Vision is to be -- ambient to say hey you know come out and play you know interact with people. And make recovering more visible. You know there is you're honest and there is at least over a twenty. Different. Organizations in treatment centers that support recovery. While that seems like a pretty good number yeah. Absolutely countries throughout the whole state of Texas so how does that so often being called the intricacies how does that actually affect -- recovery community here in Austin. So you know we see advertisements around you know -- different events and you know the big events that are around town you see a lot of you know alcohol. You know being -- its advertising. Whatnot but we don't have like. You know a lot of clean and so Peruvians in events really promote recovery. Or even you know I -- You know areas in like Cecile with the -- it's an island you know you know non drinking section more -- -- -- that kind of really supports a recovery community. I'm anxious and that's balance -- -- absolutely -- about it what if we had an ECO. And there was absolutely no alcohol and drugs you know I can't even picture right. But it's gonna happen. It's gonna happen that's part of your cool absolutely. -- paying for for parents you might be listening. And wanting to really guard their children. And as they're growing up transitioning from being a pre teens to teens. And I and that's the time. I think in a child's life where they if they start sharing less with mom and dad may be trying to separate a little trying to. You grow into young adulthood what are some things that parents should be on the lookout for -- Honestly it's really tricky. I myself started -- twelve. And -- and young yeah yeah and and was it peer pressure for you know Lewis and not much peer pressure it's me just trying to fit my own skin you know finding my own place. You know we've talked about what my fear you know sports scene wasn't really don't know plan. You know as soon not being able to fit into that you know that. Athletic group warned that you know more educational and and and academic groups ill Nino really trying to find my -- -- now. I know what you mean because you know being being in involved in sports are being a fan of sports. That creates away -- to be in relationship with a group of people or you know. A small group people are -- whatever that. It does provide a foundation and without. A basis like that must be very and grounding into. Absolutely. Anything you know even. Being involved in those you know groups there's still you know there's still like to paint there's something going on at -- -- there's something going on you know. In the head and it's just not right and a lot of people you know -- teens and preteens they reach out to first what's in the medicine cabinet. All excellent cough syrup or. Mom and it's grown up medication. Absolutely so it can start literally right under their businesses in the house yes. That's pretty scary it is scary. Yeah and I think the best team T do in this case is to have that open communication with the kids. There's services here in Austin. And then you know really reach out and help you know support families you know and especially your on this case. You know teaching families and parents had to communicate about drugs about alcohol. About peer pressure so it. If the parents listening and thinking oh that's not my child and having to worry about what are some of those warning signs that might not look like warnings and. Well. You know a decrease in the you know motivation and drive him. I can honestly say that when I it was a team need to -- me now to get to -- only to do anything but you know what you had alcohol on top of that. -- jokes on top of that you can see this huge graphics spikes of behavior. You know either cleaning the whole house Adams Witten and then -- the million miles a second. Or you know he can't and it -- so really paying attention to those we rent AP's. So it is if you're picking your kids from school you know what -- the behaviors you know our pace you know. You know despondent in. How do you -- UT you know. Really checking -- understand what's on their minds and that can be hard to do if you have you know -- healthy teenager without a chemical dependency -- right absolutely and then even worse if they're trying to hide something from him. Well it's it's a tough world in which to be. Apparent test can you tell us how the recovery alliance of Austin is may be different from some in the -- other organizations in Austin you mentioned their if you yet. So. The way with that or different is we really reach out to the recovery communities so. You know going content to their around the community and saying hey you know we know your recovery and you know we know that there's some. Things that you're getting but what does that affecting your land humans without the support services and things that you you know. Q would like to. You know helped you on year cheering -- -- long term covering. So we are I think it today you know -- based model. From all our board members are people in McCaffrey and who we we develop our programming. Is we reach out to their -- communion we -- hanging. But which like so currently. You know we have a survey and a website and the website is www. Art AD of Austin got bored. There's a little town for -- Oden is is it just takes you know that the the regular the regular Democrat X but also to he gets. You know. Individuals who take this area. -- feedback. And what would you like to see happen in -- And that ACL -- -- over -- claims over ACLU. Don't know how much you know how much that feedback that we -- about more. And musical events that you know cars safer for its. So where there's not the temptation of alcohol when there's not the temptation of backsliding. Absolutely ancient saying that's what I have to say I've never given any thigh as someone. Who has has not had to face that challenge in my life. Here based recovery that seems. To me very different I mean you know there are organizations that the whole point is getting with folks who can kind of helped you through that when you talk about it up front. It sets up a very different expectation and it sets up to me in expectations this that I'm gonna talk to someone here immediately you know six actually when I'm going to -- in there and done that. Yes absolutely. And you know there's -- there's a huge long history of people do that with Tina tossed -- fellowships. But you know if we all know how have all this great -- have three and it's hidden in the rooms of you know tossed it fellowships. Then the people that really need began it. -- -- -- receiving that message. In I'm you know I'm here and huge wave of people you know tipping point states are you know being more vocal about recovery saying. You know we're here and we do recover. We you know these actresses and actors coming out and down theories you know politicians. You know so base and there's a lot of momentum around this huge advocacy and saying hey you know recovery does happen and everybody knows somebody recovery. -- for sure and what and why wouldn't you want to support that person in their recovery and help them to be just the best person that they can be how can. Friends and family do that more how can they beat -- and supported to the people in RD in their lives who are in recovery. Don't sweep it under the ground if we see a problem you know let's communicate about that it's inevitable the conversation -- to -- you know it. Your behavior is kind of messed up -- right now -- -- suit he ran a cure drinking too much seniority -- doing too many drugs -- You know what's going on and also to being prepared with resources. You know. There's a lot of individuals -- say okay. So and so wants to get help but where the resource is mentally one thing that if and it ended June or you know. -- -- person or person with a low income were two you know going can't. Seek assistance for treatment after we did you know it could two weeks in order to start that. -- really mean absolutely -- -- thanks Louis it is especially because my thought is once you've made the decision to get help. You wanna act right now because even waiting 24 hours could change. Strike while the iron is hot. And see that's not the case so imagine all the people that you know saying you know -- a mechanically wrong. If I fall by the wayside to Ryan now has missed opportunity to share -- and individuals who can change scenery go in there. Insurance is cleared after you -- and a a waiting room where you know a few hours act and you start process. And I think -- Some health care changes that and that may change a whole bunch of things I hope it changes for the better and I absolutely absolutely. That's -- that absolutely necessary. Will the website is our -- of Austin and dot org that's the place to to get more information on the recovery alliance of Austin and services -- based services. And macabre sports services that day. Offer. And there's an email address to you righteous -- any content email listen. Info IMF OR. EE. And Austin dot org and you have to wait two weeks for a plan now. No you don't and what we do is we really collaborate with the -- going to treatment sinners and you know. Organization across distinct that we can you know better Syria of individuals. So we aren't -- we aren't a treatment or clinicians. But we know -- and willingness and they really want to help out and you know honestly. About 23 months ago somebody from the community came out and contacted us and say hey you know like need help. Kind. Don't know what I'm doing. And so -- directed them to an organization here constantly assessed and they said hey you know it. And a place for you in a week and others system implant but it's in Corpus Christi. The person does have a vehicle. So what about the recovery -- Austin did is we reached out the community we reached out to -- friends in Mercury was hit paint this person has that chance. How can we help them out. We raised up enough money to buying you know transportation. To Corpus Christi. The date early Sunday he can be prepared and already there and get there you know early in the morning. And hotel for the night. And you know what that did was sent lurid all the anxiety for that individual has to you know like. Only had to do -- worry about is just showing up again off. You know and so we do battle so if I mean if we can help you know we're gonna points -- -- -- of someone who can. That's. An important step because I can visualize how someone would say I need help and I don't I don't really know where he began. And getting in touch with the recovery lines in -- it's like that. It's like that friend it's their big guy do you. Exactly to where you need to go answer your questions and we think if if I were someone and I wanted to help someone I didn't know how to do it. I have a close someone close to me who was -- struggling with a chemical dependency. -- I can get in touch with recovery alliance of Austin and they would help me figure out what I needed to do -- absolutely. Actually keeps in touch with people that know genuinely care about you during your recovery. That is important so if if you're feeling that way on somebody in your life that you wanna help or if you're someone that has been wanting help for a while. And -- -- to know how to get it done you can go to the website or recovery alliance of Austin -- of Austin dot board. -- -- Joseph Sanchez the president who co-founder and email directly it's like to -- info at. And when you're ready to take that step. Nice to know Joseph that sent you -- recovery -- Austin on the other hand. We sure thanks so much for being here thank you. -- listening to inside Austin. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- You're listening to incite Austin and I have some guests from can't fire with me today. Scott French accent is a volunteer for campfires through americorps and I'm also here with Eric and half. The program director of campfire and you guys are gonna talk about something really important to central Texas that has to do with the fact that we haven't had a whole lot of rain lately. 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When you know how much waters used to make the Coca-Cola that you look to drink -- -- these -- messages that we just didn't get it was it's not on the table tonight I think a lot of adults Eric. Don't even think about that think they. Aside from following the watering guidelines that my counties such forward. On their sleep you know I don't think about saving my bath water I don't think about the fact that. Pat taking that he uses less water then a -- and so this is really important. -- -- just from an educational standpoint but also the fact this event is something that that is fine I mean anytime you can. And her fine. Into education and I think it's still days. In the brain you know much more easily -- if you're just now joining us you're listening to insight I stand and were talking today about campfire this is a wonderful organization does a lot of work with kids so -- It looks like you -- a couple folks with you -- -- a whole Iranian particular -- your stand to be fourteen years old right -- and how long have you been involved in the campfire organization. I start in stark played signs thinking. He lives wow okay that's a really long time. So how what did you learn what what has your experience been like. It's nice getting to -- nature. I spent a lot of time outside and don't know a lot of kids get to do that. Outside of camp fire. -- -- meetings are centered more on. Learning about new things rather than just getting together and socializing and there's also that aspect but I do you really enjoy eight. The idea that we can. Do what we want we'll still learning about. Many different. It's it's one that is nice I mean you're it's a good point about being out in nature. That's really under estimated -- has something important in our lives and I'm just struck by the fact that. You know I spent my childhood outside and I don't have kids but my friends who do you talked about how tickets -- -- stay on the computer for the tablet. And they wanna focus on doing things in doors and social media is a big deal. So where I in my generation. And maybe this happened to you. Which spend your childhood reading bikes until it was too dark to come -- you know -- months screaming -- dinner on the table. That's really it's really different for your generation today is Rebecca. It is it's very different. CD average American -- seven hits outside everyday. Three that could -- that was my jaw hitting the Florida that you didn't hear at all I'm stunned by that I had really no idea. So I guess. Your parents thought it was kind of important for you to get outside within the wants to who brought up this idea about getting involved in its entire organization. I'm certainly on the plane older siblings had been can't -- I had just been -- -- -- -- -- but me getting outside. And always idea I was a kid -- bring in sneaks. Through. -- -- that was just your natural intuition I really like being outside yeah. Okay well what else would you like -- now about the campfire organization and what they're doing to sort of raise awareness. About the -- and its security and things that we might be able to do now pathetic a lot of people make be feel powerless sentinel I. Well last year in our club we and -- those things clouds seen bonds which is a mixture. And dirt and clay and other you trillions. It on native while our seeds in them. And they're really nice because you can just send them on the yard and once it rains that that there will make a little mountains associate of a nice place to go and they can -- for ages. We have a budget implanted in our yard. Ninth and then no maintenance required because it's well now. That's my kind of -- kind of critical to. Resonates with the birds that eat -- -- that they weren't in the balls. Anchor couldn't ride that does make sense interesting project what kinds of things and get -- Ever going to go help in the rock for nature might of his face painting and it'll designs on people's cases and that's terrific -- That's how how do you I'm curious to now how do you view water. How has this changed sort of your relationship with water whether you're pouring a glass to train or are taking our. You think about it differently. Think about showering line. -- take very church Paris Oppenheim is because they think about it on water race. -- -- a lot of wildlife in our backyard. Amy and the pines to take care that -- -- -- -- that kind of wildlife you have in your backyard. -- efficient times. We have a -- insects. Periods and the birds squirrels. And in this girl's -- pay you know it's nice we have a lot of native plants in our. Our yard is AM and -- -- habitat recognize the fantastic program utilized. It to the attention so. Do you have you sort of recruited some of your friends and to campfire or -- interest in and in what you're dealing how does that hasn't had. We -- friend t.'s team -- well the giants again cheese -- She's in our club now. Yes a lot of the people who are nightclub now I know on the four. How much of your time does being in the club and take is a year round sort of thing it is. He every week. An hour and a half every me Talking -- longer. Can debate during the week we view projects. -- but it's -- around her. About -- yeah. Africa to have a little controller and and so is this something that you look forward to. Can't and every week like you. You lie. It's very fun. It means the project's team we take turns. Lean -- different highlights for working toward aren't you project. What's your where -- project. And it's still many years of high school. You choose -- different. Major topics. Tyrannies that divisions and then the -- to spend fifty hours line. Key -- and hockey. Learning. Different things like that it's very nice and the giants are this is interesting sent back to you -- long term commitment to fire. Eric is that typical the dissidents start in the organization and stay. Organic and come and go -- fairy it varies so we have you know that is talking about a club. And we have a lot of those on your enemies -- never ever asked her hands hey hey hey and you know definitely the clothes and the -- long -- I grew up in iron. A lot of them you get their vote you know it was the highest award again. -- organization in case as that this thing years of service if -- answers. Adam. And you know we've we would love to see a lot more people in the -- you. And so that's sort of important now. Is getting -- -- who earned it and into more as long. -- they didn't ice right now we were. Well in middle school and so and getting them ready for its ruling we would love to view that continue that this is a game. Do you think it you really special -- The national network news. Empire. And it's as you can count difficulty -- You know really really meaningful and when -- Imagine also looks quite nice on college application. So they've done it some students are listening now or their parents and they wanted to get involved in campfire what would be the best we do -- obviously the event. November 16 -- that the Miller hanger from 9 AM to noon would be a good stat how can -- get more information. That go to our website which is can't cash buyers -- or. And they're not planning commission on our programs and information about the law of nature. On her sixteenth. And they can contact us and and get involved in. Email me and we'll find you and you -- If you have a lot. Few you. Ranging from you know -- in his -- You know -- curriculum you hourly news being asked her if either you. You know hundreds of luck in getting you lit under the law and we we and you're looking to help we got way that the. Once got that's debts to pay you got involved Europe volunteer for campfires through americorps -- correct so how did that how did you get involved with the organization. Well americorps. Is the national organization. To national service organization very much like the peace corps but in America and it's one year commitment. So I'm spending my year with campfire you -- community outreach and communications. And helping and kind of expand the capacity of what we do. And helping organize events like war nature and also each month we have. -- to reception. -- we call them what's new perception. Where we invite community members and people who have been in our board and come like their friends and family. And whoever really would be interest in coming in to learn about campfire and those are held at the -- carriage house. Which is and west's. West -- haven't yet. And those are really great opportunity. To come out and learn all about. A campfire is and what we do and kind of what we have coming up on the horizon. But just in terms of how I became involved in campfire. I worked for americorps which is national organization and then I am pleased with campfires to volunteer. So my paycheck comes through the US government but I'm like a free service to campfire. -- -- -- Did you did you just get assigned to camp fire or did you put down like your top three choices. Re so when I was in the process of applying for americorps I kind of decided that I want to do years service. As just a way of kind of getting back. Because I'm like sort of privileged individuals given that like I grew up in council -- parents have been college and I can count myself by. There are a lot of people who don't have to -- opportunities I had. And that kind of point americorps -- Steve by poverty them and to help. Bring opportunity. To people in areas that maybe aren't lacking. And so I found campfire. Through the americorps application process and I -- directly to their program. And then around excepted. To do list because this was something that I found interest in meaningful to me. Because I care very much on education and thank you very much about youth development. And I. That if I could spend years getting back to. -- community that maybe I'm not a part of by. Doing work that I think is meaningful that the really great for me and also would be for him. An official yeah without help into the orientation race. So Scott for people who are listening and maybe you wanna get involved bombed in volunteering through americorps -- -- You would go to the website which is americorps -- of and you can't look at a program. That you find interest in or region let's say you're living in Austin and you wanted to americorps and Austin you can find programs. That are in this region. And play to those so you -- you weren't living in Austin -- -- I was living in Chicago at the time oh didn't you wanna get warmer ties. Yeah it was kind of funny actually when I left Chicago in April it was still cold. And then I can't Austin's beautiful -- going back in December into the -- again. -- at the end of your commitment December nobody like him in Atlanta next April of conduct for so of course -- castigated Chilton home pray up a bit or piece of that though. So was that a shock in terms of the summer to be here and the lack of rain and did she feel that in a different way than it. I was actually because the drought we've kind of talked about. The severity in terms of life. What this means for -- sustainability in such. When you're here and it's not raining. It doesn't. Feel as much like it feels a betrayal because it's hot all the time -- the water still coming out of the tap. You know you can still -- our in such. But it really is shocking and when. It's a 105 degrees for two weeks straight into the rain could that certainly nothing in that I've experienced before my and we think of -- I don't know if you necessarily think. Just lack of rain because it's much more than that. Especially when. Then it does or anything to cable. We champion Israel because it's raining in grand maybe we do prolonged stretch because like we've had -- in Chicago but they last a couple of weeks now whereas here. Couple of weeks is just like a small part. Of a much broader. Longer lasting deeper issue. That's very inspiring to hear you talk and November 16 is the walk for nature put on by campfire that's going to be the -- -- from 9 AM to noon. It strikes me that this isn't a way you can feel empowered about what can I do in terms of water conservation. In my everyday life but also learning that connection to wildlife which is so important. And we only water and in every way to survive. Great time to to be outdoors with the kids. How fine. And the face pain in the other activities that you had and and learn any time -- can connect fund education he got a winning combination. Back it's got -- Eric thank you so much for being -- That you. Thanks for listening to the inside Austin.