Standing on the outside looking in, people see general visions of us as a whole. They see us as nothing more than a group of kids at a summer job, just clocking in for the check. Little do they know, we are so much more than what the eye beholds. Through a five minute window, all they see are just teenagers. You may be asking yourself “What makes them so different?” While we do laugh and joke around, we make an impact on our community.
A day in the life of an intern can vary depending on which events are nearing. For instance, on any regular day, some interns will usually go to a camp and teach kids about anything from drugs and alcohol to bullying and even manners! This means that everyday, we can touch the life of at least one child who is willing to listen, to guide them through what is the most impressionable time of their lives – adolescence - and who better to teach them than young people? On another note, we facilitated at the annual “Greenville Youth Summit”, which is an event to see what is most prominent in the life of a teen today, such as stereotypes, bullying, drugs, partying, peer pressure, and anything else that could cause a struggle in the life of today’s youth. Another impressive feat is our “Week of Giving”, which was planned and created by our very own interns. During our “Week of Giving”, we not only did fundraisers at popular venues, such as Jersey Mike’s, Zaxby’s, Sonic, Stevie B’s, and Happy Car Express, but we also did volunteer work for Meals on Wheels and Project Host, where we touched the lives of more people than we can count. At the end of the “Week of Giving”, we held our first annual “Back to School Block Party”, which was a completely free event to give back to the community; we had games, inflatables, food and a raffle. The block party was a complete success and the rain held out until the very last second. At the end of the day, we were all very tired, but also very shocked that what was merely an idea at the beginning of summer actually happened and was a big hit!
Not only are we spreading the word about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, but we also are a very diverse bunch, no two of us are the exact same. We all come from different backgrounds, different schools, different groups of people, yet we all have at least one thing in common, one goal. That goal is to aid adolescents through some of the most important years of their lives by resisting the use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco. This goal is what ties us together and drives us to be better. While this motivation can sometimes flicker out, it will never fade away. We are the leaders of today. We are the role models in our community. We are the spark of drug free youth. We are GFP interns.