WDS is an annual gathering of like-minded individuals living the core values of:
Community, Service, and Adventure.
People travel from all over the world to attend this sold-out conference in Portland, Oregon.
In 2015, the Voices of Petersburg team was awarded a "Scholarship for Real Life" from the WDS Foundation, the non-profit arm of the organization.
With their support, we were able to make a lasting impact in Petersburg in 2015. For the first time, we extended our workshop into the local community and introduced a mobile device based curriculum. We also conducted several “train-the-trainer” sessions to teach clinicians at Petersburg Mental Health how to engage their clients with therapeutic digital storytelling.
Working with the foundation led to a remarkable shift in perspective. The biggest gift of this experience was the realization of the initial short-sightedness of our vision.
We are now asking “What if?” in an entirely new way.
Being a part of this community has given us the accountability and support to systematically and confidently move our work into realms we never dreamed possible.