Brian Parks ’17 A True YoungLife Leader

On The job photo6 Essential Things that Consist of Being a YoungLife Leader
First off, I just want to thank the Lilly Endowment for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity of being able to intern for YoungLife. This was the incredible experience and one I will never forget.

Alternate Fundraisers
YoungLife is a non-profit organization so for it to exist funds must be raised. I found three ways to raise funds for YoungLife at Tech. The three were Restaurants, Activities, and Do-It-Yourself fundraisers. I created many proposals for YoungLife for Tech to follow through if they wanted to do a certain fundraiser within those categories.

Alumni Relations
YoungLife Tech has many alumni who are off into the world and doing their own thing, so it’s very important to stay in contact with all the individuals as much as possible. Sam and I created a spreadsheet with all of the former YoungLife affiliates, and we had about 150 total. We also plan to have an alumni reunion between August 1-12.

Being able to job-shadow Christians was perhaps the best experience I encountered throughout the internship. I was able to shadow four wonderful people and experience a day with them at their organizations. I met with Jessica who works with MATS, which is a Missionary Auto Dealership. Tyler Sadek is a financial manager for TEAYS Investments, which invest in farms around the world. Phil Edwards is an assistant pastor at SOMA church; his job is to connect the neighborhood to the church. Lastly, Jack Nikcevich is a regional director for YoungLife, who oversees all YoungLife sites in Indiana and Kentucky.
Public Relations
During the internship, I sat in on a lot of meetings and gatherings with my supervisor. I was able to share my experience in YoungLife to about 50 people. I also talk to donors who support YoungLife about how YoungLife has changed my life and how it has directed to where I am today. I also attended a gathering of urban pastors around Indianapolis, who talk about how all churches must come together to change the community.

Video Project
Tanner Halbeigh and I are in the process of creating a testimonial video to show that the investments and generous donations of our donors are changing kids’ lives every day. We shot footage of B-roll, which consisted of my childhood home, sporting events, community, and much more. This will be a collaboration with myself and Jayion’s (current YoungLife member) testimonies.

Student Relations
I went to the school lunches about 2 to 3 times a week signing kids up for camp and sharing to them about myself. I attended clubs and Bible studies weekly throughout my internship that occurred on Mondays and Fridays. I shared the experience of being a Christian and going to college in front of 30 kids. Nearly every Saturday we would have work days that kids would attend to raise their funds to go camping and I attended nearly all of them. Work days consisted of anything from building a patio to cutting grass.

Steven Peters ’16 – Collections & Donations

Carnegie Museum

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASteven Peters ’16 – This summer I am interning at The Carnegie Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana. The Carnegie Museum focuses on the history of Montgomery County and includes a variety of interesting exhibits such as the Athens Gallery which focuses on military, political, and educational history in Montgomery County. The museum also has a summer program for children which allows them to become acquainted with the history of Montgomery County and the museum in a manner that is both educational and entertaining for them. For myself, I study classics, but have an interest in possibly studying archaeology after Wabash and decided that interning at the Carnegie Museum would be a good way to see how a museum is run and to also gain experience working with historical artifacts and researching different objects.

I have a variety of jobs at the Carnegie Museum, and no day is exactly the same. Some days I am working with collections, processing newly acquired donations. Other days I am doing minor research into objects and following that research up with a write-up. For example, we received the Tuttle time capsule from the Tuttle Middle School in Crawfordsville (which is being torn down) and I had to research the history of the Tuttle Middle School. I also on occasion have to work with children, helping them solve questions about the summer program and on Thursdays I lead the kids in “Making Stuff Safer” which is a program from Nova on PBS. Using gumdrops and toothpicks I show kids the basics of making a structure structurally sound and help them create their own structures. My main project for the summer, however, has been researching the Tribe of Ben-Hur. The Tribe of Ben-Hur was a fraternal beneficial society that was founded in Crawfordsville in 1894 and at one point had chapters in over twenty states and had over 100,000 members. It essentially was a fraternity that offered life insurance to its members. We recently received a large donation of Tribe of Ben-Hur objects and my job has been to research what the Tribe of Ben-Hur is (its history, purpose, etc.) and to identify the objects that were donated.

This project has given me a good opportunity to use skills that I have gained thus far in my two years at Wabash. One of the main skill that I have had to use is researching and being able to adequately discuss the purpose of objects and their history. I have dealt almost exclusively with primary sources, so I have to come to conclusions on my own rather than being able to simply google an answer or search scholarly articles on the subject. I have had to use some of that critical thinking that is inherent in a Wabash College liberal arts education to discern the nature of an object. For example, one of the objects that we received was a large metal key. The key by itself does not really tell one anything about its purpose, it is too large for any practical purpose. So I had to delve deep into the piles of Tribe of Ben-Hur materials to find some clue into its purpose. Eventually I found mention of a “golden key of life” within some documents (they involved an initiation ceremony). While it is not possible to say with 100 percent certainty that the key mentioned in those documents is the same large key in our possession from its description I can confidently say that it is likely the same key.

This internship has given me the opportunity to have a variety of different jobs which utilize my skill set as a Wabash student and to help me determine what my career path will be. I have learned that I enjoy the research aspect and discovery of new information aspect of the job, while tasks such as data entry do not interest me. I have also gained a greater appreciation for Crawfordsville and Montgomery County through the research I have done and the history I have learned. I thank Lilly Endowment, Inc. for this opportunity to explore a career path that I am interested in and to improve upon and use the skills I have gained while in school.

Groff ’15 Non-For Profit Experience

Ethan Groff ‘ 15 – First of all I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment for their funding, which makes this all possible, and Mr. Roland Morin, Wabash class of ’91, for recommending me to apply for this internship. Over the past 6 weeks I have been the Intern at the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library (MPHPL). So, I’m a librarian you ask? Nope, not at all! However, over the past 6 weeks I have been given the opportunity to be everything in the library except the librarian (Librarians need an MLS after all). In my brief stint here at the library I have been simultaneously exposed to the world of non-for profits, and the world of education. My internship is focused around a set of projects that my bosses want me to help the library with. These include; group projects, from website design meetings to a presentation and discussion of Hoopla (an online based resource rapidly gaining popularity with libraries across the country), to individual projects, such as working on a Social Media plan, doing research on other libraries to help us plan the most up to date programs, and then attending those Summer Reading programs. Some particular highlights include, walking alongside the library in the Memorial Day parade, a local puppeteer putting on a very funny show, visiting different libraries throughout the state to do on-site research, and creating the wireframes that will eventually become the Library’s new website. Every day presents itself with new challenges and surprises, and all of these different activities mean I haven’t had a “regular” day yet!

Ethan Groff Summer Internship 2014

Now of course one of the first questions people ask me is; are you going into Library science after graduation? The answer to that is no, but that doesn’t mean this internship hasn’t been extremely valuable and insightful in helping me discover what it is I do want to do when I graduate. I have seen first-hand what it means to be passionate about ones work. The Librarians here are very passionate about helping people find the right book, but more importantly are passionate about helping people learn. The joy on the faces of the librarians and children during the summer programs (and my own joy that comes from sharing these experiences) has been a powerful teacher. In a more professional sense, this internship has taught me many of the ins and outs of running a company. My boss is in charge of hiring’s at the library, and I have gotten to see the kind of time and effort that is put into hiring new members to a staff (even if I cannot be in the interviews myself).  Through my conversations with Dena (my boss), Donna (the Branch manager at the downtown branch, also technically, another boss), and Dave (The Library director, THE boss) I have been asked to weigh in on matters that affect the entire running of the library. The projects I am currently working on include, helping redesign the website and doing research for the 30th anniversary celebration of our Bittersweet branch (Penn Township). By the end of the summer I will also be able to add budgeting (finance), Public relations, and Marketing to my resume. Needless to say, even though Library Science may not be in my future, this Internship has been very beneficial to me.

Finally, this summer has taught me a great deal about myself. Because a big part of my Internship focuses on projects that I work on independently I have had the opportunity to find out that I can be an excellent self-starter. (I have also found that sometimes I am not!) I have found out that I am very passionate about helping people learn (I think I get that from my mom, a high school teacher). I have found out that I enjoy my job much more when I am working directly with other people. Finally, I have learned that one is never too old to enjoy a good puppet show. Have a wonderful summer everyone!