MENTOR North Carolina welcomes its Class of 2021 summer interns
MENTOR North Carolina (MNC) is thrilled to announce its Class of 2021 Summer Interns. This is the 2nd summer that MNC has welcomed college and graduate students to work alongside their staff.
This year’s interns will co-facilitate, mentor, and prepare sessions for the My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper North Carolina (MBSK NC) Social Justice Summer Academy (SJSA), refine the framework for the MBSK Orange County Youth Leadership Circle, and Launch the Opportunity Youth United and Community Action Team in Orange County.
Meet this years interns…
Amoni was born in Raleigh, NC and raised in Charlotte, NC. She is a recent graduate from UNC- Greensboro, where she studied Human Development and Family studies with a concentration in Child Youth and Development. She is an incoming graduate student at Walden University for the 2021 Fall semester. Amoni’s long term goal is to become a Clinical Mental Health Counselor, as well as to open a group home for siblings. Her hope is to keep siblings closer, rather than having them separate by the foster care system. She has a big heart and passion for working with youth and deeply enjoys serving as a mentor.
Currently, Amoni is a Registered Behavior Technician, where she gets to work one on one in building relationships with youth who struggle with behavioral problems. To her, mentorship means being an influencer, influencing others, as well as guiding them into success.
Imani Williams is a proud native of the furniture capital, High Point, North Carolina. She is also a fiancé and mother to a set of fraternal twin girls. She attended as well as graduated from the illustrious Winston Salem State University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation.
She is currently in her last semester of graduate school at North Carolina Central University. Upon graduation she will have a Masters in Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit organizations. Imani has hopes of creating her own non-profit that will provide programs and resources to low-income families in the community with an emphasis on women and children.
Mentoring is one of many programs that she intends to offer through her organization because it is an intervention that she has always been passionate about. Although mentoring brings many benefits, the one that is the most fulfilling to her is the ability to invest in someone’s future and provide them with opportunities that may not be accessible to them. Mentoring not only allows for growth in that individual, but can potentially change the trajectory of their life. Helping others has always been a true passion of hers. Through this internship, Imani looks forward to learning and imparting into the lives of others.
Jaya Dayal grew up in Orlando, Florida, and graduated from Lake Highland Preparatory School in 2020. She was selected as a Bank of America Student Leader for the Orlando market in 2020 and worked with the market’s three other leaders to create content for Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida (BGCCF)’s Cyber-Clubhouse.
Jaya’s work with BGCCF sparked her interest in the issues of youth in under-resourced communities, leading her to take a gap year before starting her public health degree at UNC Chapel Hill to work with City Year.
Jaya’s passion for public health and youth extends to her other community service commitments, specifically with Thirst Project, a youth-focused non-profit working to end inaccessibility to clean water. Jaya led a Thirst Project-affiliated club in high school and has continued working with the nonprofit group throughout her gap year.
Mentorship is incredibly important to Jaya – she knows how much of an influence her mentors played in developing her confidence, leadership, and other skills. Having the opportunity to serve as a mentor for students through City Year has made her even more committed to doing what she can to close the mentoring gap.
We’re excited to continue this tradition of nurturing and developing talent. Please join us in welcoming them.