On June 30th we started CHEETA 2022! Students from various neighborhoods met at the Sagamore Village Community Center to participate in team building activities, learn about program expectations, the history of CHEETA, and how to approach addressing community issues. During this time we had earnest conversations about what it means to be a leader, being adaptable, building better communication skills, and much more. We also discussed different types of service action such as direct service, indirect service, and advocacy work. Finally, we discussed social justice and strategies for challenging systemic issues. Since then teams have been in their separate neighborhoods working hard to address the community issues they have identified. The Riverton Park students have separated into two groups, "The Environmentalists" and "The Ballers", and will be addressing trash and recycling and infrastructure/beautification issues respectively. Meanwhile, in Kennedy Park, students have chosen to address a lack of youth programming and are working on planning more events for kids in the neighborhood. While working to address these issues students are continuing to practice goal setting and a variety of skills that will be beneficial to them in their future academic or career pursuits. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for blog posts from the CHEETA students themselves!