By: Jade Mitchell, incoming UNT Freshman - Fall 2022
The teen intern experience this summer has been nothing short of amazing. This year we were given the chance to explore many new exciting possibilities within this organization and within ourselves. We have been given the opportunity to excel in our strengths and learn about ourselves internally.
My first assignment? To create a blog and document the For Oak Cliff summer!. As an Black teen, you are not always given the chance to express your opinions So I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to cultivate my thoughts and put them on paper to share with the world!
The Professional Development week, powered by Dallas Wings, was a great kickstart to the summer. It allowed me to grow myself in the professional world. I learned important things that I have never been taught in school. The Dallas Wings hosted mock interviews and was able to create a new resume, a LinkedIn, and a vision board. I also enjoyed the Wellness Wednesday program! It allowed me to learn about myself the most. Led by our supervisor, Courtney Thomas (Community Encourager Manager), it involved a lot of deep diving into myself and my mindset to essentially help me understand myself better. While learning to understand myself, it has also shown me different perspectives. Hearing different perspectives from my colleagues has allowed me to see things from their point of view and has helped me analyze why I think the way I think.
15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership & 4 For The Future
Another program that I believe has improved my mentality is our podcast on the book, “15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.” After reading this book, I discovered I am below the line on some things.
On June 18, 2022, For Oak Cliff had its ____ annual Juneteenth festival. For Oak Cliff celebrated with free food, music, and love. This festival is an event that the whole family can enjoy. There was even a section for kids that included arts & crafts, face painting, bounce houses, a water slide, and scientific activities from the Perot Museum. As I unfortunately had to miss this event, I interviewed my colleagues about their experiences at the festival. The first question I asked my colleagues was, “What was your favorite part of the event?” There were varying answers, as there were so many different parts of the festival to enjoy. The main thing that was said was just being together and being involved. Two interns stated that just volunteering and helping around was the best part, because they got to see the joy from everyone they were helping. One intern mentioned that she really enjoyed seeing everything come together after seeing and putting in all of the hard work behind the scenes for the past weeks before the festival. Another said they loved the food so much that it was their favorite part, especially the snow cone machine. Three interns said the water balloon fight was their favorite part. Having a little fun with the balloons was a good way to really bond and connect with everyone that was there. One intern mentioned how the water balloon was very inclusive and that it really was the epitome of what we were celebrating.