Summer 2014 Internship Application with The Hagen Center for Civic and Urban Engagement As a psychology major, I am passionate about developmental and social psychology. The theme of these fields is creating a healthy foundation in the life of a youth to ensure future success. Therefore, my interest in becoming involved with the teen pregnancy prevention program is inspired by wanting to see all young women in the Springfield community reach their fullest potential. Often, high teen pregnancy rates are not a sign of individual fault but rather a lacking foundation in the community that can be augmented through education, poverty relief, and social support. The creation of a healthy foundation in the life of an individual and in the community is built through community engagement. Community engagement is important because a community is not a complacent structure but rather a living, breathing network. Therefore, making engagement a necessity- not just a favor. Activism in the community serves as the life force for the future. And activism for sexual health among teens serves not only this generation but also many more to come. My background in psychology has prepared me to consider the social, cultural, and wellness factors that contribute to teen pregnancy. This background has additionally served me as a Peer Helper, Orientation Assistant, and Writing Center advisor. My volunteer experiences in and outside of Springfield have fostered a cross-cultural empathy within myself as well as a care for improving my local community. My minor in math has prepared me to focus on the both qualitative and quantitative evidence when constructing a prevention program. And, my years as a server have taught me responsibility, time-management, and how to present my ideas in an effective manner. Overall, as a Wittenberg student, I can serve as a role model, peer, and voice for teens. It was not too long ago that I graduated from high school with some sort of sex education. Now, as a young adult, I posses professional and personal goals. Primarily, I wish to improve the health of local teens through utilization of my education and experiences. Professio Purpose To promote social change through the use of education, poverty relief, and community outreach.
Student and Volunteer01/2014 to 07/2014 SIT Study Abroad – Bedulu, Indonesia
Demonstrated adaptation to a foreign culture and acquirement of a language skill in homestay setting.
Studied art, religion, and social change theory.
Completed an data-based driven independent study focused on child psychological health.
Visited non-profit organizations to participate in volunteer opportunities.
Volunteer08/2012 to 12/2012 On The Rise – Springfield, OH
Directed and coordinated self-esteem building activities and policies to promote a healthy after school environment for at-risk youth.
Connected with young adults on the topics of self-confidence, health and social skills.
Writing Center Mentor08/2012 to Current Wittenberg Writing Center – Springfield, OH
Actively listened to fellow writers in mutual effort to improve writing fluency.
Drafted and submitted presentation proposal pertaining to Writing Center theory.
Demonstrated the ability to organize and maintain paperwork, accounts, and publicity.
Orientation Assistant08/2012 to Current Wittenberg University – Springfield, OH
Demonstrated the ability to form cohesive relationships with new students and orient them to undergraduate academia.
Demonstrated the ability to coordinate events and ice-breaker sessions with new students.
Trained in sexual assault intervention and counseling.
Volunteer07/2012 Saint Thomas Missions – San Andres, Guatemala
Demonstrated the ability to adapt to a foreign culture.
Utilized second language skills in Spanish to communicate in a bilingual setting.
Worked with local citizens to reconstruct housing and install stovetops.
Peer Helper04/2012 Wittenberg University – Springfield, OH
Trained in active-listening and unconditional positive-regard counseling.
Held confidential counseling sessions with fellow classmates to relieve psychological stress.
Demonstrated the ability to remain accessible in conversation while maintaining a professional relationship.
Student and Volunteer07/2011 Brother's Keeper – Crow Creek, SD
Worked with Native American youth to enrich cultural heritage education.
Participated with local ritual as educational means to cultural understanding.
Directed a summer day-care program with peers to provide a structured and healthy environment for Native American youth.