This summer I was lucky enough to work at Community Impact as a Van Amson Summer Fellow.
Enthusiastic to be at CI carrying out my proposed project – creating video content for the CI website – I spent the end of my spring semester and most of summer filming different programs and interviewing staff, student executives, coordinators, and volunteers.
During the academic year I am a coordinator for one of CI’s youth programs, Artists Reaching Out. Having worked with ARO since the first semester of my freshman year, I look back on this summer as an amazing opportunity to really learn about the many other amazing programs CI has to offer. I had definitely heard and read descriptions of CI’s 25 different programs, but experiencing them first-hand made these descriptions come alive for me in a very special way.
Seeing so many of CI’s programs in action gave me a new understanding of breadth and variety of services CI provides. I left my fellowship project with greater awareness and respect for the work done and issues addressed by the organization. Through my interviews and off-camera conversations with participants, staff, and students, I also felt an energy and passion that I found incredibly inspiring.
I hope that my final videos from this summer will give everyone who has not had the opportunity to see all the CI programs in person a taste of what I experienced this summer – a closer, more personal look at CI’s many programs and the wonderful people who both participate and work so hard to keep these programs running. I also hope that individual groups will carry on this project and make videos of their programs in the coming semesters. It’s a dynamic way to share your experiences with the rest of us!
To view Victoria’s amazing videos please visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/ciexecs