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Katey Carey

During my Semester in Detroit (Winter 2014), I interned with Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit. Through my internship, I worked with high school students at Detroit Cristo Rey High School in the Southwest Detroit area at BHGH's after-school programming. During our after school program, I lead college and career exploration activities with the Hope Prep Scholars and worked through homework assignments and school projects with them. Our Scholars ranged in age from freshman all the way to senior students. I loved interacting with these different age groups and learning what each of them were passionate about and their plans for the future. Through my internship I also created a community-based lesson plan for the Scholars that took them through the neighborhood surrounding their school and highlighted some of the historically significant buildings and areas. This part of my internship was my favorite because I collaborated with community members and professors to craft my tour. For many Scholars, this was the first time they learned about their neighborhood and Detroit history in general. I'm very glad that I was able to work closely with community experts to craft a tour of our Scholar's neighborhood because the students often expressed wanting to learn more about Detroit's history during our programming. Lastly, I compiled workbook for future Freshman Scholar cohorts that would contain all of the program activities for the year in one organized place. I was grateful to be able to contribute something to BHGH that future Scholars would put to use. I absolutely loved my internship and I created a strong bond with my internship supervisor, Chioke, who I still keep in contact with today! The high school students I worked with taught me so much about living in the city of Detroit and shared with me their perspectives on the place they call home.