RAWK's Summer Intern!

Being a small non-profit organization, we are often in need of help to accomplish the many tasks at hand. We are grateful to the Community Building Internship program through the Center for Civic Engagement at Kalamazoo College. This is our second year working with their program, and benefitting from the help of a summer intern. 

We're thrilled to introduce you to Destine Price, our 2017 summer intern. Working with someone who grew up in Kalamazoo and whose heart is devoted to community and voice has been fun, to say the least. To say even more, Destine is inspiring. She comes to work eager to dig in, happy to take on any and all tasks asked of her, and with an honest desire to learn. She is all about collaboration and open communication. We laugh a lot, too. This summer has been HUGE for us in many ways, and her hands and heart for the work we do (both behind the scenes and with the students we've served this summer) has been essential for us. If you see Destine around Kalamazoo, be sure to give her a high five. Grateful to work alongside such a creative soul.

We asked Destine a few questions (and of course she answered in the most poetic, beautiful Destine-kind-of-way):

How are you today?

Today I am accomplished. I rose from fluffy white sheets at 5 am sharp and transported to work within  warm, wet breezes of countryside dew. I glided into the calm stories of openness at the Reality Factory and was struck with purpose. Today I feel very overwhelmed having worked two jobs and having to prepare for the next. I am thankful however, after shifting and moving this body, I have a grounding space to recoup mentally. So today I am overwhelmingly thankful to being accomplished!

Where'd you grow up?

I grew up in Kalamazoo for most of my life, and for a short period in Pontiac,Michigan.

What do you do now?

I search. I’m currently in the process of searching for myself again in everything that I do. I find happiness in words. I find joy in music. I find peace in water. I see potential in the upcoming school year at Kalamazoo College. I find stability in the work that I do to support my health and my family’s. Right now I am putting much work into myself for positive outcomes in the near future.

Why RAWK?

Why not? Why not be a part of an organization whose mission compliments my desire to see a change within youth in our community? After reading RAWK’s mission statement and purpose, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this in some way. I have the capacity to take in so much knowledge and experience in this point of my life and I felt as if RAWK was the perfect place to begin. Expressing authentic voice holds a large space in my heart and working with RAWK steadily fills that space.

What's your role with RAWK this summer?

At RAWK I help with just about everything! I play a role in organizing, preparation, fundraising, and brainstorming. I help with coordinating workshops before they begin at times, I help to research and draft grants, and help to do needed organizing. In my eyes, I serve as a helping hand to an organization I love to be a part of everyday.

3 important words:

Authentic, Justice, Care

Where do you see yourself in the future?

I see myself doing something that I love. From going from undecided to a decided major at K, to launching projects of my own within my community. I see myself finding the passion that I have been craving and working hard to make that vision come true.

Is it really the end of the summer?

We're still basking in the glow of our RAWK READS! event last night at Bookbug—always proven to be a beautiful reflection of our summer that's filled to the brim with writing, creating, and planning. Our students sharing their work with an eager audience is integral to our core beliefs, as we're always striving to celebrate and amplify youth voices. While last night was the perfect close to our busiest summer on the books, our office is far too quiet today. We want to be congratulating each other and sharing sweet anecdotes from the night, but we're missing one person. Last night also marked the last day for Anja, our summer intern.

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