Making the grade: RV teens get A’s for effort and achievement

Written by on September 1, 2016 in Rainier Vista, Seattle Housing Authority - No comments

By Yusuf Ahmed and Martin Van

SHA teen interns

Members of the Teen Internship Program in Rainier Vista completed a lot of community building projects this summer. We have helped plan big events like August’s Night Out party with help from residents and Jen Calleja, the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) community builder.

The Night Out party was a success—the Seattle Police Department said they saw more people at our Night Out event than any other place in the city. Our goal was to bring residents together and we succeeded!

The group (below) took on a number of volunteer projects this summer, including the Night Out party and cleaning up area parks.

The group took on a number of volunteer projects this summer, including the Night Out party and cleaning up area parks.

During our time in the program, we have partnered with other organizations to do our community building work. For example, we partnered up with Horn of Africa and Seattle Department of Transportation to create a mural as part of the Rainier Vista Pavement to Parks project. We made designs that support the community after soliciting ideas from children and teens.

Just as our internship taught us how to work well in a group setting, our team also took the High Ropes course at Camp Long in West Seattle, where we learned how to be more communicative, how to work beyond our comfort zone, and how stress can sometimes be a positive thing.

tree climb RV youths from mares

Rainier Vista’s Teen Internship Program members learn team building skills at High Ropes course.

 

We learned how to write a grant and how to best get our community involved and engaged in our events. We also learned how to request in-kind donations, how to work in a group and conquer our fears, and when to reach out to others for help.

While our internship ends Sept. 2, we’ll still be a part of the community and plan to apply what we’ve learned to the challenges that lie ahead of us.

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