Leonardo Cumplido

Intern Name: Leonardo Cumplido

Major: Peace Studies

Title/Place of Internship: Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.?

I found out my internship from exploring the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver website to see the available careers. Then I came across separate program initiatives involving development in leadership, athleticism, and education. Leadership development caught my interest and thus lead me to contact and email the human resources department and ask questions about the program.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.?

The responsibilities at my internship was mentoring groups of 10 kids ages 8 to 13 for each day of the upcoming week.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience?

The most beneficial aspect of my experience was interacting with kids ages 8 to 13. They enjoyed my individual involvement towards them and continuously showed their gratitude. From their gratitude I realized being with them was a benefit.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.?

The most surprising thing I experienced and learned during my internship was the issue of poverty and the manifestation it develops towards youth. I learned, kids development depends on the environment they are raised in.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future?

I plan on applying what I learned at camp into the interactions and volunteer opportunities I involve myself in. Additionally teach others about the skills I developed from my internship.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience?

Some advice I would offer to future students interested in this experience is willing to be open-minded and understanding. Working directly with youth experiencing challenging situations is strenuous but worthwhile. The kids will challenge and push you beyond your comfort zone, however, it is so they may be able to trust you. Directly working 10 weeks alongside kids is a eye-opening experience, so if your desire is to become a stronger leader or work with youth. I extremely recommend this position, to understand the different situations kids grow up in.

(January 2019)