Week 9. I can’t believe it! Over the course of this summer, I definitely think I have evolved and developed some more clarity on Policy in Detroit, and what it takes to advocate, plan, educate, and work in that space. After reading my first blog post, I think my thoughts stay the same, but are more developed now. One of my goals was to learn more about city/state/local governments and positions, as well as being apart of public policy driven spaces– and I did. I have learned about different sectors of government, listened into city council meetings, learned about the Mayoral race and office, etc. Although I am still learning, I definitely know way more than I did during my first week of the program. My work with CDAD has been nothing short of wonderful, and all-encompassing. My mentor, Ruth, stressed that she wanted to push me out of my comfort zone during my time with CDAD, and I was so thankful for that push. Ruth believing in me gave me a chance to throw myself in to work I had never done before, without the fear of failure or messing up. I still have alot to learn, but I am so thankful for my summer with DCERP and CDAD.