Intern name: Lucy Vue
Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Multicultural Mentorship Program Designer
How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? I would say my internship found me! They gained an interest in collaborating with CSBSJU Summer Fellows. Girls Are Powerful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empower girls to foster strength of character by changing their self-perception in a positive way. For them to embrace their unique individuality and owning their intrapersonal power.
What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? Developing a successful mentor program is a lot harder than you would think. It takes research, time, dedication, and people who are pro-mentoring. I have created the framework design and had the honor to work along with amazing women leaders, our recruited advisory board, to solidify the details of programming, management, and operation. It is definitely still a work in progress.
What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? I would say the most beneficial aspect of my experience is learning more about myself and the relationship I had built with the organization's Founder and CEO, Shawntan Howell. Before this experience, I was unsure about what I was truly passionate about or where to get started with a passion of mine. This experience allowed me to realize that your passions can become your work. It's not easy but there are many people out there who are willing to support you because they have the same drive and passion.
What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? There are many women leaders out there doing phenomenal work. I am so honored to be working with them all because despite their busy and hectic schedules, they are able to commit time to give back to the community and empower our youths. We all share the same goal: For our youths to come out the other end as a powerful girl understanding that life is a roller coaster- they have a seat at the table, they have a voice and to use their voice, and a sisterhood with others.
How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I want to continue working with nonprofit organizations dedicated to youths development, so they are able to grow in an environment knowing they are more than their superficial features. They are achievers, leaders, and the ones to make a change one day. I personally wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for nonprofit organizations.
What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? Reach out to Shawntan Howell via [email protected] or visit girlsarepowerful.org to see if this organization's mission and values align with yours. Shawntan has many visions and goals she wants to bring to life. She'll put you to work! Overall, she's inspirational.