Emerge Fellowship: Orientation Week

Written by: Juan Franco

Orientation week has been full of building new friendships and developing and enhancing important professional skills. Everyone is such a great leader in their own way and I have learned a lot by experiencing their different perspectives and personal strengths. The lessons we have learned during the instruction time have been very informative and will help us become prepared for our upcoming internships at various partner organizations/companies. I’ve learned how to create a well-rounded team by using the RACI project management model as well as how to adapt and persevere by using the Agile framework. 

My favorite memory from the week has been planning our summer project with my cohort. We are working on a non-profit organization that helps bring resources to under-resourced neighborhoods in Chicago by spreading information and awareness about health-related topics such as sexual and mental health. This project has been very engaging and it has allowed me to see how my strengths come into play in a group setting.

I am going to be interning at the Noble Network of Charter Schools. I will be assisting the Noble staff in researching and bringing college information to current high school students as well as connecting alumni with current students to answer any questions they might have about a potential career path. I will also be assisting in managing their social media accounts and spreading information about the network’s missions and goals.

The Emerge fellowship has been a life-changing experience and it has allowed me to expand my social network and to hone in and perfect my leadership strengths.