Living Our Values
Community Engagement Intern At The PACE Center
Hi, I'm Isa and I'm currently interning at the PACE center for girls of Alachua. The PACE center is a school for at-risk girls which focuses on giving young women a future. I really enjoy the PACE center because as a woman I want to ensure all other women get an opportunity to have an education. I don't believe that your pass or home situation should define your future. As a community engagement intern, I work with press releases, event planning, getting donations and much more. I look forward to seeing what this internship brings for me and my future.
Sunday Coordinator at First Baptist Church Indian Rocks
"I work in my hometown at my church on Sunday's coordinating in the preschool. Coordinating means that I place over 40 volunteers in our preschool and oversee the nursery all day Sunday. With over 100 kids in our preschool each Sunday, its been a joy getting to know each of their personalities and families and greet them when they come to stay and play with us. I love my job because it prepares me for a career in education, while still staying connected with my church family."
Child Advocate Supervisor
"After working with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office for the summer, I was inspired to get involved with the Child Advocacy Center in Gainesville and take an active role in advocating in special victim cases. At the Child Advocacy Center, I supervise and engage children who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and/or trafficking. I am excited to continue working with this group of dedicated individuals in their mission to ensure that no child continues to live in fear of abuse. Getting to take part in creating a safe space for children to experience a normal happy childhood has been an absolute honor.
Master in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University
After graduation I will be attending Vanderbilt University to pursue my Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology! During my 2-year program, I will be learning about all of the various populations of patients within my field, such as stroke victims, children with Autism, head and neck cancer patients, people with fluency disorders, people with swallowing disorders, and many more. In addition to coursework, I will also be spending a lot of time doing clinical work in various settings like hospitals, schools, and rehabilitation centers. As of now, my plan after my program is to work with special needs children to improve their communication skills so that they can make friends, do well in school, and more fully participate in society. However, since there are so many different areas within the field of speech-language pathology, I want to use my graduate program to try out as much as I can in order to know what I want to pursue. I am super excited to be moving to Nashville, but I will miss our little corner of Gainesville at 1108 E Pan!
Studio Assistant At The Reitz Union Arts & Crafts Center
I love working there because the studio has such a great atmosphere and revolves around a passion of mine-art! As a studio assistant it's my job to keep the studio organized and clean, assist patrons with their arts and crafts projects and questions, and serve as a cashier and point of sales for customers! It's a great place to relax and have a fun time, so definitely stop by and paint a craft in your free time!!"