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Sydney Slagter

Major: Child, Adult, and Family Services



Company/Organization: YESS (Youth Emergency Shelter and Services)
Company/Organization website: http://www.yessiowa.org
Destination: Des Moines, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2018

Advisor/Coordinator Email: enloe@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Supervise youth during activities on the unit Promote and maintain a supportive and healthy environment Assume leadership role in crisis situations

I accomplished...
The ability to change kid's lives in a little but big way. I was able to talk to a lot of the teenage boys that I work with and help them process through the situations that they are going through.

I learned...
Be confident in yourself. This job can get really hard but you are always stronger than you think you are. It is okay to be dependent. It is never wrong to ask a question or talk to a trusted co-worker to help with a situation.

Advice for others...
Find a internship that you are interested in. These opportunities are rare and something to be taken seriously. You might even find a full time job after you graduate.

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