Friday, June 20, 2014

What's in it for the community?

What makes the focus of your particular internship so distinctively unique from others is that emphasis is being placed on the community. Fellow interns, I ask you to look at your community, reflect, and then share on how you are serving your community through this program. Below I have listed a few questions regarding my internship at Girls Inc. of Long Island. Use this as your guide to outlining how you can put your service to the community into action during Community Fellows Program internship.
How does your work impact your community?

Collaborating efforts with the Girls Inc. LI Program Coordinator, we are meeting the specific needs and circumstances of girls between the ages 5 and 18. We are primarily serving girls in low socioeconomic communities in Suffolk County.
What experiences, knowledge or expertise can you offer to benefit the community you are serving?

Being that I am currently studying to become a teacher in Childhood Education, I found that developing program curriculum, such as Community Development for girls at Wyandanch, was akin to lesson planning for a classroom. I was able to use the transferable skill of brainstorming lesson plan topics for lessons to help contribute useful and engaging ideas for program development themes such as STEAM (an activity that incorporates Science Technology Engineering Art and/or Math). My hope is that these programs will equip girls with the knowledge and inspiration to make a change, starting in their own backyards.
Ask yourself during this internship not "What's in it for me?" but rather "What's in it for the community?" Once you maintain this mindset, you're in great shape to make a change for good this summer.

Don't forget to tag @HIREaPANTHER and use #communityfellows for Instagram and Twitter posts and comments.
You can also nominate yourself and send it via the CFP email for a chance to win Community Fellow of the Week!

Questions, comments, concerns? Email a CFP liaison at

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