I remember the first day I arrived at Hamtramck City Hall. I was so nervous, yet so excited at the same time. Mara, my mentor, came out of her office and gave me the biggest hug. From that moment, I knew I was going to have a great summer with a good working atmosphere.
I spent the first month researching and planning for the Summer Youth Program, but nothing could have prepared me for the first couple weeks of the actual program. I had a set curriculum planned, however it has been a learning as I go type of experience.
Overall, I am proud of myself. Before this summer I never thought I would be responsible for leading a group of seven amazing interns, managing a budget, or making valuable connections with community leaders in Hamtramck.
As for the program in general, I can say that we are working towards cleaning and beautifying the city each day we are out working. Being realistic, we will never be able to fully clean the city as there are evident issues with the city not holding businesses and residents accountable for keeping their properties clean. However, I am glad there is this program to offer students in the area the opportunity to be engaged and help their community.