Happy New Year everyone! GEN is kicking off 2018 with lots of exciting events this spring, starting with our second Girl Advocacy Day (GAD) on March 13th and our We Are Girls Houston Conference on April 28th. A fresh batch of GENterns have arrived to help GEN’s Spring 2018 endeavors go beautifully and girl, are they great! To introduce these wonderful folks to the GEN community we wanted to write a get-to-know-you blog post about them. In addition to short bios, we asked them to come up with five sentences that give insight into them, their lives, interests, or experiences for a creative change. Let’s get to know these GENspiring interns now shall we!
Hannah Yoo, Direct Service Intern
My name is Hannah Yoo and I am a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Psychology. I truly believe that empowered girls are unstoppable which is why I love GEN’s mission. I’m thrilled to be interning here and working with such inspiring individuals!
Every individual, experience, and trial in my life has been a teacher. My family has taught me how to love, respect, and provide support for others. My close friends have taught me how to laugh loudly, seek adventure, and take care of myself. My own experiences have taught me how to cope, foster independence, and build resilience. My life is an imperfect conglomerate of all of these colliding forces; for me, there is nothing but gratitude.
Kendall Greer, MSW Intern (Direct Service)
Megan Soetaert, Project Management Intern
My name is Megan Soetaert, and I was born & raised in Spring, TX. I currently attend UT Austin, majoring in both International Relations and French! The project management internship at GEN is perfect for me because I get to develop my professional, large-scale project skills while working with an incredible group of people!
Allyson Garcia, Community Relations Intern
My name is Allyson Garcia (she/her) and I am a senior Business Administration major at St. Edward’s University. While I am a business major, my passion lies in advocacy and social justice, which is why I sought GEN out as an internship opportunity. Within my position at GEN, I work with volunteers as well as promote the organization at campus events.
Delaney Seebold, Development Intern
My name is Delaney Seebold and I’m a senior at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in Sociology and minoring in Psychology. I hope to one day work full-time for a non-profit whose cause I am passionate about, which is why I am beyond excited to be working as a Development Intern here at GEN!
Samantha Natal, Direct Service Intern
My name is Samantha Natal and I am junior at St. Edward’s University majoring in Psychology with a minor in sociology. I enjoy working with and helping the future generation of our nation achieve their goals and ambitions through encouragement, support and direct service in high school and elementary schools. This is one of the many reasons why being a GENtern was so appealing to me!
When I came to Austin in 2015 I realized, for the first time, how expansive life could be. This move alone taught me a lot about myself and who I have become. With this experience I learned how important it is to give back to the community and to be apart of it as well! My favorite things are coffee & tea, mediation, hiking, my ukulele and my cat Atreo. Since I consider my mother a superhero my family is the Avengers! I love psychological research and how powerful knowledge can be in helping our society grow and adapt to our ever-changing world.
Mika Shivers, Direct Service Intern
Hi! I’m Mika Shivers, I’m a fourth year social work student at UT Austin, and I’m so excited to be at GEN. I love GEN because I truly believe in the power of our youth and I want to make sure that everyone gets the chance to show their power regardless of their experiences.