Intern Ben Garfield on Finding the Balance Between Advocating for Others and Creating Space for Self-Advocacy
El Pomar Summer Intern Ben Garfield reflects on his experience at Wesleyan University and the ways he has acted as a student leader in combatting inequity in higher education.
El Pomar Intern Jordan Lobato illustrates the importance of El Pomar's Regional Partnerships program for Julie and Spencer Penrose as if she was able to travel 82 years into the past to connect with them in person. Jordan aspires to make a difference in her home town in the San Luis Valley, and this program has granted her the insight and the tools to spark positive change.
El Pomar Intern Katie Torres highlights El Pomar's capacity to convene and empower local leaders for Julia and Spencer Penrose as if she was able to travel 82 years into the past to dine with them in person. Her role as the Outreach Intern and work with the Emerging Leaders Development program has emphasized for Katie the importance of investing in the leadership development of community members.
El Pomar Intern Max Blackburn discusses the more recent work of El Pomar with Spencer and Julie Penrose as if he was able to travel 82 years into the past to lunch with them in person. Work as the Award for Excellence Intern and interactions with El Pomar staff ignited his interest in serving Colorado communities post-graduation.
El Pomar Intern Brandee Lantz filled Julie and Spencer Penrose in on the condition of their repurposed home as if she was able to travel 82 years into the past to dine with them in person. Her experience guiding visitors through the Penrose House this past summer made her well-equipped to enlighten the couple on what has become of their humble abode.
El Pomar Intern Emma Walker updates Julie and Spencer Penrose on the status of their Foundation as if she was able to travel 82 years into the past to chat with them person. After working in the Grants and Finance offices over the summer, she has ample exciting news to share with the couple.
The El Pomar Foundation Internship program offers valuable professional experience to continuing undergraduate students interested in the nonprofit sector. However, this summer’s Interns had a somewhat unusual experience. After a work week filled with meetings, projects and professional development trainings, the Interns prepared to leave Penrose House for some well-deserved rest. However, Friday-evening drowsiness set over them, and instead of clocking out, they accidentally pressed the “travel back in time 82 years” button. Suddenly, the Interns found themselves sharing a table with Mr. and Mrs. Spencer and Julie Penrose, who were about to delight in a delicious 1930s Depression-era meal. Naturally, Spencer and Julie asked the Interns to update them on the evolved state of El Pomar Foundation some 80 years in the future. Here is what Chase said:
2018 Intern Hannah Grace Bauman reflects on her work in the Grants Office and what it means to create positive impact.