From Weronika Janczuk of NY, USA
Dear Friend of the World Youth Alliance,
I’m a 21-year old student at New York University. My parents are Polish immigrants, first to Canada and then to the USA, and I grew up among stories of the Polish Solidarity movement and its heroes. I’ve always been curious about the ways ideas shape the ways we live, the beliefs that define us, and the policies that we create and allow to direct our persons and societies. I will graduate this December with a B.A. in The Philosophy of the Human Person−−a self-designed major concerned with personhood in a philosophical, social, and religious context−−and a minor in Religious Studies. The WYA internship program, especially the Track A training, was an outlet for the many ideas I’ve encountered in a very explicit, directed, and delightful way.
I’ve followed WYA and its activities for a few years now, ever since I came to college, and as an intern, I had the unique and special opportunity to work directly with WYA’s founder, Anna Halpine, on projects for WYA’s sister organization, FEMM (Fertility Education & Medical Management), which is concerned with offering women a knowledge- and science-based approach to their reproductive and general healthcare. I did a significant amount of research on topics for the forthcoming white paper about FEMM, helped rewrite and reorganize educational materials for FEMM training, and assisted with some behind-the-scene details for the launch of the first FEMM clinic in the USA at Ohio State University. It was wonderful to see the way a new project like this arises, and the ways in which so many components need to be coordinated in order to make it effective. I look forward to taking everything I learned, about research, writing, marketing, directing, and planning; about a person-centric working environment; and about the ideas that animate WYA and its work with me as I hunt for a job in which I can apply all this varied experience.
My heart is most grateful for all of the support, financial and likewise, that enables this organization’s work. If ideas matter, WYA is indispensable to a culture that seems to have one too many misconceptions.
With sincerest thanks,
NYC, USA | WYA NA
Since this letter was drafted, Weronika has assumed a full time staff position with FEMM as Editorial Assistant.