Hello, my name is Kevin Santana and I am a senior at Concord High School. This past summer I interned at the Ambrose Teen Center where I learned a lot about working with people and most importantly about myself. My coworkers and I expanded our knowledge on the proper way of caring for a facility and working with people in our community. We painted the hallways, helped serve community members at an appreciation dinner, cleared up the community garden, and had the chance to plan and host our own event, a barbecue.
Rande, my supervisor, emphasized that we weren’t just there to earn money, we were there to learn. He taught us the difference between linear and residual income and told us what everything meant on our paycheck stubs. He cared about us, instead of just putting us to work. He sat us down and had open discussions about our work and allowed us to self-reflect. My other supervisor Anna, helped us grow and be comfortable with each other m4 by making us start almost every day with a weird and funny ice breaker. At first we were all shy, with each other but by the end of the internship we were comfortable talking and working each other and I believe this was because of all the activities Anna made us do.
This experience forced me to come out of my comfort zone by making me work with complete strangers and it also instilled me with a desire to give back to my community. I would like to thank Rande and Anna for making my time at Ambrose enjoyable and caring about all of us, the interns. This opportunity showed me that I do want to help others in my community. I know that I have the skills and abilities to do so and I have gained valuable knowledge that I can take with me to future job experiences. Thank you.
“This experience forced me to come out of my comfort zone by making me work with complete strangers and it also instilled me with a desire to give back to my community.”
– Kevin Santana