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Thank You Summer Interns

Devon Chodzin, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, is a rising senior at Kenyon College in Ohio, where he studies Economics and Gender Studies. This Summer, he worked closely with our First Source team to use the data on hand to craft a summary program evaluation for the First Source program.  “After looking at all the data, it became very clear that SCC is consistently successful in delivering services to populations who face barriers to employment and need additional support and guidance,” say Devon. “The program helps a lot of people who have  limited English proficiency and/or limited education. In many cases, their educational credentials and diplomas don’t have the same validity in the United States.”

Devon has had previous experience working with a CDC in his hometown, thanks to positions through the Americorps program the summers of his freshman year and sophomore year. The money he earned during his sophomore year helped pay for a semester learning abroad in the Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, and Poland.

This Summer, while researching possible internships and additional internship opportunities in community development, he discovered the Forest Foundation, and that discovery landed him here at SCC!

When asked what he enjoyed and what he will take away from his experiences here at SCC, Devon gives a thoughtful smile: “I enjoyed matching the data I collected to the human side of things through the clients I met and the stories they had to tell,” he says. “I’m also glad I got to learn more about community development here in Boston, and in the East, compared to the community development organization in Ohio. The networking has also been very valuable. “

Devon’s last day is Friday, August 10th. We will miss him, and we are certain the program particpants who have met him will miss him as well. Best of luck to Devon in his senior year at Kenyon, and his pursuits after college.

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