Father Scott Donahue shared words of gratitude for those who helped our kids see with “a different set of eyes” as they expanded their horizons. He related the story of a company helping to revitalize a struggling neighborhood, where “there isn’t the opportunity to present opportunity to young people” due to a “poverty of imagination.” By participating in Mercy Home’s internship program, however, employer partners are helping to address those issues.
“You give our young people the opportunity to see new possibilities, to meet new people, to see the gifts and talents that God has given to them and to use those gifts and talents well,” he said. “I’m deeply grateful for all of you who shared your time and resources and worked with our young people to give them the vision to see themselves in a new light and offer possibilities to build a bright future.”
Tiberias, a young man who interned at Walsh Construction spoke about the responsibility and focus he learned at his internship before introducing the featured youth speakers.
First to the mic was Destiny, a young woman who interned at staffing agency Swoon, where she used special software to work on projects for job recruiters.
“The thing that made me interested in an internship was the idea of having a productive summer and being in an environment where I could grow professionally, but also be challenged to be my very best self,” she said. “Swoon staffing exhibited great office culture. I received more than just an internship. I received a professional experience that I will value forever.”