Over the summer, I was an intern at GO Project, an educational equity non profit that serves students struggling in NYC public schools. I made and distributed lunches to our seventy students and just helped make sure that the daily programming ran smoothly. I spent most of my time distributing and putting together lunches which was a really interesting experience. We had a list of all the students who were allergic to some thing and so when the prefab sandwiches arrived I had to take out the things that certain students could not eat–ei. cheese or the bread from the sandwich had to be swapped out for gluten free bread. When I delivered the lunches to students with allergies or dietary restrictions they often could not understand what their allergy was and explained that they always had pizza at home so why could not they have cheese on their sandwich here. It was hard to work to make them understand what an allergy is and what foods will make you feel sick if you are allergic, but a lot of students did feel sick after eating things that they were not supposed to. All my work with food and nutrition at the program made me really aware of how complicated the issue of educational equity is. It starts with food and nutrition and making sure that students feel good and healthy at school. I hope that I was able to teach some of the students, even the very youngest ones, about how best to take care of themselves and I am super excited for Saturday program to begin in two weeks!
This summer I worked at the GO Project, organizing HR files before the summer session. It was really interesting to work in such a professional office setting and I learned a lot about communication. I communicated with people who had been hired to make sure that they all had their hiring paperwork sent in. I was surprised at how slowly people would respond with their paperwork, especially after we had ask them to send in the paperwork many times.
Over the summer, I volunteered in helping set up a rummage sale in Cornwall Conecticut set up by the Cronwal Women’s Soceity. There were six or seven highschoolers who helped move things around and organize the different donations. The week of July 11th we all arrived at 9 am and left at noon. During this time we sorted the donations that had been left outside of the buidlilng into specific rooms for sale. That weekend, we helped with the sale. All the profits made go to local matters, such as scholarships for children who graduate from the local public school and general maintnance work around the town. All items that were not sold were given to Good Will.
It was really fun to work with the highschoolers from the local school. These students would receive the scholarships from the profit. It was nice way for these students to help out in something that will really end up benefiting them.
To look at pictures of the sale go here: http://www.cornwallct.org/CornwallPictures/2016/rummagesale/index.html
The Cornwall Women’s Soceity does not have their own website, but this is their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/351548694947597/
I really enjoyed working on the YPI Project. I learned about communicating in the real world. When emailing teachers you usually get a response within hours, but non-profits have much larger inboxes and so we had to email NAMI many times before we got a response. It was difficult to contact our charity in these last few days as we were trying to invite them to the final presentations. From experience, we learned that they are much more efficient returning calls than emails, but when we called they were not there. I am glad we were able to contact them finally, but they responded yesterday.
This was a very meaningful addition to our history class. A lot of people thought that the YPI had very little to do with History, but we have been learning all year about people and the way that they organized themselves and created civilizations. The Youth Philanthropic Initiative helps students learn about the struggles of other people in their community, so it is actually very connected to our class.
Here is the link to our charity: https://www.nami.org