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K-Pop and Volunteering … How I came to Become a DCTMI Intern

With COVID-19 crippling Fall 2020 plans and in-person schooling, I did not have much luck with my internship hunt. I was grappling for opportunities with big name companies to jump-start my professional development, but received few calls back and was ghosted by countless interviewers. After expressing this disappointment to a friend, she referred me to DCTMI, striking a personal chord within me. In my first year of high school, my mother forced me to volunteer…
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How Being a Tutor or Mentor Corresponds with Being a Civic Leader

Written by: Fatima K M Pinkney Being a tutor or mentor is a way to help individuals whether it is children or young adults in need of some guidance or assistance in different aspects of their lives; whether it is with school or personal issues. When I decided to tutor it was because I wanted to share my knowledge with my students in the hopes that they would take something out of what I taught…
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A Deeper Calling

Written by: Molly Stawinoga My original plan and reason for coming to D.C. this summer was to work at the U.S. Department of State, in a high-level office with access to information that impacted national security. While waiting for my security clearance, I continued interviewing with organizations in Washington in case I found a better or more inspiring offer. Clearly, I am not working at the Department of State — rather, I found that “more…
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Civic Leadership and Reflection

Written by: Rebekah Karth Chojnacki An important quality for my internship site this summer with D.C. Tutoring & Mentoring Initiative is taking the time to exercise, meditation, and reflection, along with the efforts that we do to recruit tutors and mentors for the two out of three students in the D.C. area who are below grade-level in reading or math. Getting acquainted with the community and the real-life experience of people who live in the District…
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The Power of an Hour

By Gabrielle (Gabby) Wszalek We take it for granted the impact an hour can make. We carve out specific hours in our day to workout, meditate, cook, spend time with others, the possibilities are endless. While many hours are spent on ourselves, we find that many hours of our weeks are spent with others, playing with our kids, having a meal with family members, or taking a walk with a spouse. While these hours may…
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