My Stepping Stone
Guest post by Leah Goldson, Volunteer Project Manger

As a Volunteer Project Manager at America’s Future Workforce, I am very excited to start working for an organization based on such an important cause. There is such a lack of paid job opportunities in today’s society, which makes an organization like this one so needed. So many people are forced into mediocre jobs to simply support themselves and their families, instead of being able to gain valuable experiences and insights through internships. The common problem we see here is that people are forced to choose money over experience, and that should not be the case.

Coming from a background where finding paid internships was never an obstacle for me, I was fortunate enough to gain experiences that weren’t available to many others. I never had to worry about being compensated for any internship or job opportunity that I took on. What I have come to realize is that this is not the reality for many other people. This is why America’s Future Workforce becomes such a vital part of those people’s lives. Unlike my experience, there are those that cannot afford to give up their work time in exchange for rewarding but non-paying experiences.

I was drawn to the cause on which America’s Future Workforce builds its foundation, because of the many people I have come across during my lifetime with a yearning for experience but the need to make money at the same time. There are many people that have the potential to be the next leaders of business, but simply need the experience of an internship to succeed in their fields of choice. With the help of AFW, people can attain the experiences they want from an internship along with making money for the work they are doing. America’s Future Workforce is the extra boost people need to succeed, a boost I am honored to be a part of.

Here at America’s Future Workforce, I have been given an opportunity to work closely with such an important but publically unattended issue. I will be working on outreach projects to make more people aware of the valuable work being done by AFW and how it can change the lives of so many. Using social media, I will be able to make people more aware of the importance of the experiences that come with a paid internship. Through my work at AFW, I have become aware of new issues that I would not have necessarily known about beforehand. I look forward to being able to work with the AFW team over the next month to give others the kind of opportunity needed to thrive in the professional world.

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