TAF enables voices to be heard
Being a summer intern for Technology Access Foundation (TAF) has been one of the most eye-opening and meaningful experiences I’ve ever had. I was assigned this internship through the wonderful program Teens in Public Service (TIPS), and I couldn’t be more grateful. Through the work that I’ve been assigned at TAF, I have grown tremendously and gained plenty of new skills along the way. Whether it was working with the Development or Operations Team, I truly believe I have been an asset to the TAF community.
Some of the tasks I was assigned were: to research social media marketing strategies, input information into excel spreadsheets, and to create incoming employee binders/folders. All of these assignments allowed me to grow professionally as an individual while having the advantage to seek into the realities of working for a non-profit organization. The TAF community was somewhere where I continuously felt uplifted by the diverse staff as well as accepted and appreciated. The one-on-ones I had with others had a powerful impact on me which I will carry with me throughout the rest of my journey of pursuing higher education. I not only learned about the importance of inclusiveness and diversity in education, but I was able to relate to it on a personal level.
“If organizations are not made, then voices will not be heard.”
– MOMONA, TAF INTERN
TEENS IN PUBLIC SERVICE (TIPS)
Being an aspiring first-generation, college student of color, I also experience misrepresentation and lack of resources. It was organizations like TAF that played a huge part in providing me the support to overcome the barriers that many students of color face in society. I’ve come to the conclusion that enforcing equity in education is key to overcoming the harsh realities that many students of color face. All of the issues that underrepresented students face can be lifted from one’s shoulders when provided with necessary skills, college preparation, and overall advocacy for each and every student.
If organizations are not made, then voices will not be heard. Diversity and inclusion are what’s missing from many fields in today’s corporate world, it’s important to make this change because decisions are best made when there are many viewpoints. TAF made me realize that I want to pursue a career where I am making a change in society for a good cause. I am a strong believer that it takes a village to raise a child and that’s what I believe TAF is doing with their amazing non-profit organization.
Momona currently supports TAF as an intern through the Teens in Public Service (TIPS) program which places developing high school leaders in paid summer internships at local nonprofit organizations.