My name is Jordan Scadden and I am currently a junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College, just a little about myself, I enjoy hands-on work as well as work behind the scenes because both can be very important in any job. I also enjoy working with kids to see the types of development they can make over their lifetime, in which Reach Out and Read Colorado is important in enriching this aspect in children. This year at our school we had a pilot program for Junior Internships, the program is a selective group of juniors in which the goal of this program was to give students hands-on experience with a career that they were looking to pursue.
Over the course of me being here at Reach Out and Reach Colorado, I was able to experience and understand what each member of the team does and how it is vital in their line of work. I had taken on many projects with different members of the Reach Out and Reach Colorado team. A few of the projects I had taken on included sorting books that had been donated, digitizing files, and researching corporate donors. Book sorting was done with Annie, this had been important because there are certain books that just aren’t meant for kids and books that we cannot promote due to religion and/or any other reason. Corporate donor research was done with Perry, this was also important because being a nonprofit organization grants and donated money have been very important in keeping their organization running. Digitizing files was done with Dan, which was scanning files and moving them to a computer and renaming them. Each project was unique to what each member does here at Reach Out and Read Colorado.
I am very thankful that I was able to have this experience. This experience allowed me to see how crucial early literacy is for kids, early literacy can set up a child’s future. I also have learned that nonprofit work is very great because they are not doing it for the money but rather for the development of our youth and making it so they can have a future. My future goals are still not set and stone, I’m still in the small frame of narrowing it down to one official career choice but, my top two choices are neonatal nursing or becoming an Air Force Nurse. With the internship that Reach Out and Reach Colorado gave me, I was able to know the importance of nonprofit work and know that early literacy is important in the development of children, I was also able to take away simple skills that are important in life, such as communication and just working with other as a team to build a connection in order to get what you want done.
Blog feature by Jordan Scadden, junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Early College