This summer, the GO Project will be conducting a summer internship program, which was created using Echoing Green's Work on Purpose framework of Heart + Head = Hustle. Approximately 35 high school students from public and private schools in NYC such as, LREI, Friends Seminary, Stuyvesant High School, and Bard High School-Early College have been selected to participate through a competitive application process.
The GO Project 5-week Work on Purpose Internship will place high school interns as teaching assistants in Kindergarten-6th grade classes. As teaching assistants, the interns will work in small groups or one-on-one to help students complete projects and assignments prepared by their GO Summer teachers. In addition to working with the students, the interns will also take part in daily professional development sessions. During these sessions, the interns will discuss the challenges and successes they are seeing in the classroom, lead group discussions on topics of their choice, and develop their own leadership skills. The goal of the internship is to help the students discover and enhance their passions and talents to become change-makers in their community.
By the end of the summer, the interns will have completed a portfolio which will highlight their work both in the classroom in professional development sessions.
All interns were required to submit a personal statement upon applying to the program. An 11th grade student from partner school LREI, Emma Stydahar, shared an exemplary vision for the internship: “There are several reasons why I am interested in working with the GO Project this summer. The heavily debated issue of public education is on that is very close to my heart. I strongly believe that every single child should be getting the best possible education, whether they go to public school or private school, and that the caliber of education that children receive should not be proportional to their family's income. With the GO Project, I have witnessed the work being done to close that education gap, and I would love to continue to do whatever is in my capacity to have a hand in that change.”