Meet the 2019 SAAIP interns
The Summer Affirmative Action Internship Program (SAAIP) is an internship program designed to recruit college students from underrepresented groups for summer employment that will expose them to new experiences and potential career paths within Extension. The program is offered in partnership with the State of Wisconsin Division of Personnel Management. The State’s role is to recruit racial/ethnic minority students, female students, students with disabilities, and veteran students for an opportunity to work in a professional work environment within state government. Extension’s role is to create internship opportunities that will provide students with meaningful, professional-level experiences and encourage them to consider future career options with Extension. Read on to meet five of summer 2019's interns.
Job title: Youth and Families Educator, Trempealeau County Extension
Where do you live? Pigeon Falls, WI
Where did you grow up? Fredericksburg, VA
How many years have you been in Extension? 4
Tell us a little about your role in Extension: I have a dual role as a Community Youth Development and Human Development and Relationships educator. Our county has a large and growing Latinx population that has been historically underserved. I have spent the last few years building strong relationships with this community and last year I hosted a four-week community needs assessment and capacity building workshop series. As a result of that program we have been putting together a Latinx 4-H group and I have taken on the task of bringing the national Juntos 4-H program to Wisconsin. In addition to this initiative, I regularly work with school and community partners to provide access to our programs for Latinx families and use this knowledge to help my local and Extension colleagues to better understand how to make connections with these families.
What motivates you in your position? Two things really motivate me in my work.
1) The relationships that I build are very important to me and are one of the greatest measures of success. I have been able to connect with so many wonderful and motivated people who want to make a difference for themselves and their community.
2) The difference that one Extension educator can make when addressing challenges in a community is amazing. The nature of living in a rural county means that resources are sparse which makes the role of Extension critical to meet some of the area's most pressing needs
One unique or surprising fact about you that you'd like to share with us: I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
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