APA's First Intern Social

Summer 2011

Put 20 interns from all over the District and a handful of dedicated staff with lots of food all into one room at America’s Promise. What do you get? A committed group of people—all of different ages, backgrounds and life experiences—with the common goal of achieving a Grad Nation.

After weeks of planning since our arrival this summer, America’s Promise Alliance’s first (and hopefully not last) intern social was actually happening. Each America’s Promise intern’s work is in some way or another related to the Grad Nation movement. Whether it was working on a report about this year’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, developing resource libraries for Grad Nation communities, supporting youth in My Idea Grants, or working on a toolkit for partners, it was our time to shine on August 4. Interns slowly started coming in one by one, almost all from partner organizations—National 4-H Council, Catholic Charities USA, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Mobilize.org, My Impact.org, National College Access Network, National Human Services Assembly, National League of Cities, Points of Light Foundation, and Save the Children. Each intern had something to share about their work and how it contributed to the goal of ending the high school drop-out crisis.

Each of the intern’s work was related to the heart of America’s Promise’s work—the Five Promises. Anna Capinpin, an intern from the National Human Services Assembly is working for a healthy start for youth by collaborating with peer network groups. Stacy Howard from the National 4-H Council is working with communities to provide youth with a caring adult in their life through mentorship. Lynne Morgan, an intern from Save the Children, is working together with local community partners to provide safe places for children whether in a natural disaster, conflict of development setting. Lauren Stewart from the Points of Light Institute is working closely with the foundation’s volunteer-focused arm to provide communities and youth with opportunities to serve. Two interns from the Lawyers’ Committee, Maria Delgado and Victoria Pang, are developing content for the organization’s Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program, to assist parents in advocating for an effective education for their children. 

Having interns from in and around DC come to the APA office and discuss ways to improve the quality of education and how they can get involved is at the very core of APA’s Youth Engagement team. Melinda Hudson spoke about the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative which engaged all the interns to hear about the history of the Parkside-Kenilworth footprint and what changes and improvements are happening today. Her enthusiasm shined through and that moved the interns to learn more about Promise Neighborhoods. The highlight of the social was the speed networking round, where each intern was paired with another intern for 1 minute to chat about a question posed, such as a funny Metro story, favorite hangout spot in DC, or what the best thing we can do right now to improve education. The event harnessed and energized our group, making us integral players in the Grad Nation campaign.