n June 2015 I went to Hosea Youth Services to interview to become a junior year intern through the Family and Human Services program. When I was driving to my interview, I had no idea what Hosea was and when I drove up to the building to park I was surprised that it was a church. I went into my interview with an open mind and at the end Tauna asked me if I had any questions. My only concern was that I was Jewish and was unsure if it would be a problem due to Hosea’s faith-based origins. She told me no and I haven’t let the religious affiliation stop me during my internship. For most of my life I have lived by Mahatma Gandhi’s quote “you must be the change you wish to see in the world.” After that interview, I knew that Hosea was a place I wanted to work with and create change within. Little did I know that it would open up so many different opportunities for me in the year and a half that I have been interning there.
When I chose to come back to Hosea for my senior year I was excited to learn that I was going to help with the auction. By meeting with Karri on a weekly basis, we decided that I was going to create a video showing the relationships Hosea creates and the positive change in the community. This project is giving me the opportunity to work one-on-one with youth and their mentors to depict the strong bonds that they have formed through this program. By creating these videos, I hope to show others the love, hope, and commitment that I see when I go into Hosea three times a week. A safe space and loving environment are created for anyone who walks through the doors of Hosea.
At Hosea I have learned, loved, and listened. I have learned how to create a warm, safe environment for youth, volunteers, and staff. I have loved every person that I have come in contact with. And I have listened to stories of success, happiness, and sadness. Hosea has taught me about the power of how learning, loving, and listening can impact not only others but also yourself. Hosea has become a space that I now go to for comfort, which I know not everyone is fortunate enough to have in his or her lives. I want everyone to experience what I was lucky enough to experience at Hosea.
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”