Every year the Youth Advisory Council hires a summer intern.
The following letters are from the 2011 summer interns:
Hi, my name is Sara Densberger. I have always been someone who likes to be behind the scenes, knowing the details, and helping with setup activities. The Youth Advisory Council internship was exactly the opportunity I was looking for. I had the opportunity to plan the fall retreat, design the annual report, and gain insight on what it takes to be a part of the business world. I enjoyed everything that went along with having the internship and I acquired skills that will help me for years to come. Since it was a lot of “behind the scenes” work, I gained a tremendous appreciation for what the Barry Community Foundation does in our community. I also learned that it takes a lot of dedicated people to make something work. I highly recommend this opportunity to any youth who are seeking a job where they can make a difference in their community.
Hi, my name is Nicole Rybiski. Last summer, I was one of the YAC interns. I’ve been waiting since I started getting involved YAC three years ago to be given this opportunity. I was fortunate enough to understand that I can make a difference and witness others make a difference in my own community. During my internship, I got a chance to work with the BCF staff and become active in the office work. I gave input into creating the Annual Report and I also got to design t-shirts for the upcoming year. I worked on the “The Youth Advisory Council of Barry County” Facebook page and tried to get recruit new members. The most valuable thing the internship provided me was the ability to voice my opinion. I was able to improve the council and help make the upcoming year a success.
My name is Laura McKeown, I am from Thornapple Kellogg High School, and was one of the summer interns for the summer of 2011. I worked largely with managing the Hastings Farmer’s Market and the Barry County Youth Needs Assessment. The people I have met through the farmer’s market were wonderful. I had to collect weekly dues and manage Fresh Food Initiative coupons. While collecting data for the needs assessment, I traveled to various parts of Barry county and collected data on what teens from each school district thought were the major issues facing youth in our area today. Hopefully this information will be used to impact YAC’s decisions on funding grants in our area after I move on to college. Overall I found the internship helped me connect more fully with my community.