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2016 Paid Internship Highlights

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Meet Our Fearless 2016 Summer Interns!

My name is Trenia Pardue and I am one of the interns at Big Hair Bigger Dreams. I’ve learned a lot of valuable skills working as an intern at Big Hair Bigger Dreams. I joined this program to gain new knowledge about web design and social entrepreneurship. I learned what social entrepreneurship was and the work that goes into it. The other interns and I  had to run our own bake sale, calculate the prices for the goods and calculate the amount of profit we would make off of the goods. I also learned better presentation skills by presenting the business I want to create in the future and then presenting as a group about a different business and explaining why the company should invest in us. I gained lots of communication skills while attending the Colorado Black Arts Festival. I had to hand out flyers and explain what Big Hair Bigger Dreams was to the incoming people at the festival. I also learned some skills in web design. This internship was very helpful in teaching me valuable life skills. I go to STRIVE Prep: Excel High School and I am currently a senior. The college I want to go to is the University of Denver and I want to major in Environmental Sciences.

My name is Chanel Adavenaixx and I am currently a senior at George Washington high school. The reason why I decided to participate in the 2016 summer internship was because I wanted to gain work experience to add to my resume and see what it was like. While participating in the program I received more than I imagined by not only gaining work experience but also learning valuable skills such as project management, web design, how to execute a bake sale, advertising, public speaking, and just learning what it means to become a social entrepreneur. I hope that these skills will not only impact me for future projects I continue to do but when I become an entrepreneur and have a business myself.

My name is Genesis Oats. I am 16 years old and I went to Denver School of the Arts (DSA). I am interning with Big Hair Bigger Dreams this summer because I like what the organization stands for and feel it is important for African American girls to have a place where they can learn and grow together. This is my second year being a part of Big Hair Bigger Dreams paid internship. I feel coming back has built my all-around skills as a person, worker and leader. Even though there are a few things I need to refine, there is growth.  Outside of working and school I like to spend time with my family and friends. I also enjoy evaluating my life (trying to improve myself and my life) and relaxing every chance I get.

Our 2016 Summer Internship Staff!

My name is Makalah Emanuel and I served as the 2016 Summer Internship supervisor. I chose to teach this summer internship because I love working with young people. For the last six years I have spent my summers supervising kids, ages 12-18, for a nonprofit organization called Groundwork Denver. With Big Hair, Bigger Dreams I’ve been able to take the experience I have gained over the last several years and apply them to a program which helps develop young ladies, who look like me, into a better version of themselves for their future. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, with an emphasis in public relations and advertising and a double minor in Psychology and Africana Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. I love to travel! In the last couple of years I have travelled to several National Parks, such as the Great Sand Dunes, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone National Park, and Rocky Mountain National Park. I’ve also been to 10 states in the U.S., Tijuana and Nassau, Bahamas.

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