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My Experience with Passion Impact… so far

My experience with Passion Impact has brought me nothing but contentment. Ever since I joined in December of 2019, I’ve had so much fun making new friends and gaining new skills that are just necessary for everyday life. I had the pleasure of getting to know Stefan a little better. He is the founder of PI and a great person in general, almost everything I learned while being a part of PI is thanks to him. When I heard about the internship, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to continue being a part of the Volunteer Event Program through summer. Signing up for it, I was expecting it to be similar to what VEP looks like, but when the time came for it to start, I realized that it’s way better than that. 

During the internship, we are being trained to be VEP leaders. Every intern who is a part of the internship is going to be a committee leader when the school year starts. We are being taught skills that public schools don’t teach us, such as resume and cover letter writing, ways to answer job interview questions, and much more. Throughout the internship, there were projects that we had to do. These projects required us to use skills that we would need as leaders and slowly, but inevitably, we became prepared to be leaders of the VEP members we recruited. I’m really glad I was able to be a part of this internship because it taught me some fundamental skills that I don’t think I would’ve learned anywhere else.

Written by:
Helen Nikitin
Development Committee Leader of the VEP
Read more about Helen here: hnikitin.wixsite.com/mysite

My internship experience

This internship has been a place of growth and nourishment for me—a safe haven. A place I looked forward to every morning at 9:30 am for six continuous weeks. A place where I could express my opinions and feelings without beady eyes or harsh judgment. A place of excitement and eagerness. A place of curiosity and the riveting unknown. Throughout the six weeks of this internship, I not only created new connections but also deepened current ones!

I joined Passion Impact in October of 2019, and every day since then has been a new lesson or a new experience. At the beginning of this year, I heard our High School Program Coordinator, Adrianna, was planning a summer internship. This sparked my interest immediately! My hopes for the internship was to come out as a strong leader, supportive peer, and a role model. To give 110% in all of my projects! 

Coming into this internship I was hesitant about my skills as a leader and the work I would be putting out. As the internship went on, I proved myself wrong. Our team collaboratively created and executed a recruitment plan for this following school year’s new VEP members. Through our workshops, I have become more knowledgeable about social justice, diversity, identity, and inclusion, and was able to connect with my peers on a more personal level through having conversations with one another on these topics. I have also become more familiar with how to’s in specific situations that can be applied to real-life events in my future timeline. I learned to be observant of the world that stands in front of me from reading and reflecting on the book Emergent Strategy. I leave this internship with no regrets but instead with memorable moments and personal growth.

Written by:
Mery Gurung
Eventers Committee Student Leader in VEP
Read more about Mery: merygurung5.wixsite.com/website

PASSION IMPACT PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS OPEN TO FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 6, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is thrilled to announce that as of Monday April 6, 2020, students of Franklin High School are encouraged to apply to the paid Summer Internship.

Passion Impact’s Summer Internship is the training that will prepare student leaders as part of the Volunteer Event Program (VEP) for the 2020-21 School Year. In the VEP, students build monthly volunteer events at their school to make volunteering more equitable and accessible for the entire student body – specifically students who may not have the ability to volunteer off-campus. In addition, they invite nonprofits and community members to volunteer alongside and engage in conversation around educational and career pathways. Students can use these interactions toward graduation as they write about them in Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLEs) of which Portland Public Schools requires two to graduate. 

To prepare students to lead the VEP, the Summer Internship gives students communication, social justice, and organizational tools that allow them to become more inclusive leaders. Students will be required to create job descriptions for themselves and their committees, to plan their first volunteer event of the year, and to recruit and train their entire team. Both Passion Impact and the students applying know that this experience is designed to be challenging, but the goal is not just to provide them with a resume builder. Passion Impact’s goal is to give students the opportunity to fail and to thrive in a collaborative atmosphere that will prompt them to actively engage in their future.

Read the job description

Apply here

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.

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For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241


PASSION IMPACT INTERVIEWED TAMARA LASH – OSU GRAD STUDENT AND TRAILBLAZER EQUITY & INCLUSION INTERN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Stefan Peierls, Co-Founder, Executive Director
Passion Impact
5106 SE Powell Blvd.
Portland OR 97206
Local Phone: (503) 912-4241
www.passionimpact.org
[email protected]


APRIL 1, 2020 – Portland, OR – Passion Impact is excited to announce that on April 1, 2020, they hosted their first Informational Interview with Tamara Lash in a Zoom meeting. Tamara is a current Graduate student at Oregon State University studying College Student Services Administration with a focus in multicultural student support. She is also graduate assistant for AYA our womxn of color support initiative and the 1st Equity & Inclusion intern for the Portland Trail Blazers. 

“Super cool learning about Tamara’s experiences and povs! I had no idea the Trial Blazers had 17 different internships.”

Mery Gurung, Passion Impact Leader, Franklin High School Junior

VIEW THE INTERVIEW to learn about Tamara Lash’s educational and  Graduate School at Oregon State University or the Trail Blazers Internships.

ABOUT PASSION IMPACT

Passion Impact engages youth in a lifelong exploration of career development through volunteerism and education! Passion Impact believes in a world where students claim community engagement as a tool of connectivity, curiosity, growth, and joy. Passion Impact is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Portland, OR, working closely with Franklin High School, Portland Community College, and the students that attend both.


For information: https://www.passionimpact.org or
Contact: [email protected]
Phone: (503) 912-4241