Written by Daisy Garcia, our CLU 4A Cause intern.
Thanksgiving is over, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be grateful today! As a first-generation college student, I wish I had known the importance of internships. I thankfully was able to match with BRITE for a semester-long internship. In the past few months of interning with BRITE, I’ve been able to accomplish and learn so much from the BRITE team.
One of my favorite projects I’ve been a part of during my internship is PhotoVoice, an advocacy project that uses photography to document, reflect upon, and communicate issues of concern, while stimulating social change. The students in the class have been able to use PhotoVoice to discuss racism as a social determinant of health and advocate for change. The process shows how these high school students view their community and are able to advocate for change through the use of a photo. These students were even able to present their projects during a mental health conference for Ventura County high school students this past October. And their projects are being displayed in our virtual art gallery in BRITE World, so make sure to check it out!
While working with BRITE, I and my fellow interns were able to participate in many events and workshops. We were able to network with other professionals related in our different majors including English, Business, and Psychology. I had the pleasure of working with Andrew on some projects and asked him what he was thankful for during his internship experience. “I’m thankful for making another person’s day brighter while working at BRITE!” stated Andrew. And I couldn’t agree more! It was such an amazing opportunity to give back to my community while also advocating for and educating others.
As my time with BRITE comes to end, I’d like to reflect on some other projects that I’ve been a part of including being a panelist for The Esperanza Project and for the Ventura County Mental Health Conference. I was also able to facilitate my own “Keeping it 100” session about
distraction and attention online. I hope to be able to have also finished a resource center in BRITE World as a resource for first-generation college students.
I’m so grateful I’ve been able to play a role in such an amazing program for our youth in Ventura County. And to have been part of such a supportive and inspiring team! The experience and knowledge I’ve gained has made such an impact on my academic and professional career already and I couldn’t thank BRITE enough. If you’re looking for volunteer or internship
opportunities you definitely won’t regret working with BRITE.