While volunteering at a DC charter school, I heard the principal enthusiastically say to a misbehaving third-grader: “You’re not the McDonald’s worker type. Seize the opportunities given to you and be your best self today.” This principal’s tenacious effort is one of many inspirations fueling my commitment to urban education. This commitment draws me to Year Up and its mission to provide low-income young-adults the skills, experience, and support needed to reach their full potential. I am excited to be working for Year Up’s Influence and Human Resources Teams and exploring policy research, staff development, and program pilot work this summer.
I am on a journey to explore as many career paths as possible before graduation. As an influential non-profit effectively bridging the Opportunity Divide, Year Up is the perfect next step in expanding my experience in the education sector. I have had a longstanding interest in education and have been fortunate enough to explore many facets of the field. I will be able to adapt my knowledge from my work in K-12 schools and apply it to preparing young-adults to succeed in the workforce. Tackling the factors that perpetuate inequalities at the systemic level will provide me with a new, welcomed perspective on how educational programs can create career opportunities outside of the traditional high school-college track.
Combined with my passion for education, I believe my work ethic and strong communication skills learned from athletic and co-curricular leadership positions will allow me to contribute to and gain skills from Year Up. As a member of the Influence Team, I will apply my presentation skills and research experience from Center City PCS to help investigate the politics behind the Opportunity Divide and its solutions. Conducting and analyzing research on policy affecting education will better inform my future as a potential educator. I am particularly excited to work on a DACA case study, as the current political environment surrounding DACA greatly impacts not only Year Up, but also American public education. With the Human Resources Team I will have the opportunity to enhance my analysis and communication skills while working to help Year Up’s staff become more effective, content, and diverse. I look forward to interacting with a broad base of current Year Up employees and learning more in depth about what drives the people of such an influential non-profit organization.
- Date December 5, 2018
- Tags 2018, Communications, Education