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Interview with Suzie Musema
Describe the Boys & Girls Club's mission in your own words:
The Boys & Girls Club of Lynn's mission is to provide a safe environment that allows children of all ages to reach their full potential and succeed in life. They offer different programs and services that educate young people on a variety of topics. The Boys & Girls Club of Lynn gives young people the opportunity to create strategies for success both inside and outside of the club. Young people walk out the boys and girls club more well rounded and prepared for the future.
Why is this mission important to you personally?
This mission is very important to me. I believe that education is an important form of making a difference. The Boys & Girls Club of Lynn is doing important work and is making a difference in the community. It is transforming the lives of young people by giving them the crucial knowledge and tools they need to succeed in all aspects of their lives. The club sets a solid foundation for young people to build on.
What are you most excited about learning at the Boys & Girls Club? What have you learned during your internship?
My internship has been a great learning experience. I have learned the importance of having organizations such as the Boys and Girls club in my community. Working with the young people, I have learned how I can truly have a positive impact on others. I have gained a better understanding of the diversity of population which has enabled me to work better with people from all walks of life. Through this internship I have become a more open-minded and compassionate person and I have also improved my leadership skills.
What was your biggest take-away from the Student Leadership Summit?
The Bank of America Student Leaders Summit program is about bringing young leaders from all over the country together, to see how the world of Nonprofit, business, government and individual interact with each other. My time there was really eye opening. For one week, 220 young like minded people with diverse experiences come together under one roof to learn and share our opinions and passions. I think one of my biggest take away from the student Leaders Summit was that as young people we are more than capable of bringing change into our communities and have the resources we need. We just need to be willing to take the first step.
How did you hear about the Bank of America Student Leader Program and why was this a program you wanted to participate in?
The way I heard about the Bank of America Student Leaders program was very strange. One week before the application deadline I received an email from an email address i did not recognized. In the email, the person explained what the program was and how I would be a great candidate for it. Working and volunteering in my community was an important part of my life in high school and I was excited to have the opportunity to build on what I had already learned.
At the end of the Internship, what do you hope to walk away with?
One of my most valuable experiences has been learning how to work effectively with young people. I have learned how different people think, react in various situations, and approach problems. I am quickly learning how to negotiate and compromise and to appreciate what each person has to offer. I believe that my internship will prepared me for the challenges of furthering my education and leadership skills. The boys & girls club has been a welcoming and empowering place where I have learned and improved my leadership skills.
What is your dream job?
My involvement in my community has fueled my passion for helping others. I want a career where I work directly with my community, helping people reach their full potential and succeed in life. I know that part of helping people is understanding their mind and environment. Therefore, in college I plan to double major in Social Work and Gender Studies. I hope to be equipped with the skills and knowledge I'll need to move forward in my passion for helping others. I have experienced first hand how taking an acting role in your community can benefit not only you but others as well. Because of this, I want to work at a nonprofit organization that is centered around helping youth be successful members of their schools and communities. I plan to share the lessons that I have learned through my community involvement to the next generation of youth in hopes of inspiring them to be active members of their community.