· What is service?
· How can I be a part of something big?
· Who can I count on to help me be part of the change?
In small but significant ways, each of the interns was able to see that we are more than just another activity to add to a resume. East Villagers is a demanding program, and we expect a lot from our scholars because social justice requires passion and dedication:
Katie has been reading on issues in women’s rights in the book, Half the Sky. She’s absorbed every word of it and reflected on it through her blogs. She is developing an intellectual fervor for the issues that will help drive her toward making changes in the future.
Allison attended a moving Bible Club in East Palo Alto in which students gathered together to play, fellowship, and learn about the Bible. In addition to the children benefitting, the teenagers that were heading the program were exercising their leadership skills as well. She took pictures and video and was inspired to follow her passion to work with children.
Abhi spent the summer making a video featuring reflections from our past interns. This was a motivating experience for all of our interns, and a great way for the community to see what interns do.
And there are many more interns to mention: Alvina the Journalist, Bryant the social media guru, Patricia the Cartoonist, Lauren the Musician, Angie the Young but determined, and Maya, Ricky, Angela. Each intern has given so much of their time, energy, and brain space to causes that seem invisible to many, but have hopefully become real to them.
Don’t worry, we also understand that our interns are teenagers; we had a lot of fun getting to know each other and frolicking with goats. (Check the East Villagers Facebook for a video!) We believe fixing our eyes on the people that are working towards solutions is better than fixing our eyes on the problem. Through In-n-Out picnics, coloring transparent fish at festivals, hanging out at the office, and reading each others’ blogs on the forum, we’ve created a service community that looks to one another for support and direction in facing injustices.