Monday, March 22, 2010

Interns thrive!

2010 has been a busy year for interns at Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection. I would like to briefly introduce you to some of them and the work that they've been doing.

Jordan Merlo, E Wilson, and Emily Gunn are interns from Loyola University Chicago. Jordan writes articles about the work we do and promotes our program via the Internet. Her goal is to learn how to be a force for social change using the communications tools of social media.

E blogs about our work, too. Her goal during the course of this internship is "to be a part of the larger network working to increase the amount of knowledge on tutor mentor programming in the Chicago area and helping to share this information with people who care."

Emily's goal is "to re-build the network of Cabrini Connections students and volunteers from past years, support them with current jobs and college networking and support, and learn from them the impact CC has had in their lives." She created an alumni Ning Network to facilitate this process.

Li Li, a graduate student from the University of Michigan, created a flash animation based on a blog article about volunteer involvement in a tutor/mentor program. She did it in just one week as part of an Alternative Spring Break program. You can follow her project from start to finish here.

Eunsoo Lee and Jawon Koo (below, center and right) are college students from Korea who spent five months at Illinois Institute of Technology and six weeks at Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection in early 2010. They created several flash animation projects about ideas expressed in essays on the T/MC site. It's amazing how much they were able to accomplish in a short time. (They taught themselves how to use Adobe Flash!)

All of these interns show how students from around the world can create projects in an effort to educate volunteers, donors, and public leaders about the benefits of tutor/mentor programs. If you'd like to get students from your college or high school involved, just introduce yourself on the Tutor/Mentor Connection Ning Network or contact me directly. Thanks for reading!

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