The experiences that I have had, and the people that I have met, has shaped me and changed me more then I could have imagined here at my time with WYA. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first arrived, all I knew was, WYA was something special, their mission important, and I wanted to be apart of it. During my time here, I have met many ambassadors and world leaders; I have been able to monitor meetings for upcoming UN Commissions, and work with young people from all over the world. I have been able to have a better understanding of why the people here sacrifice and work so hard just to get a little ahead. The world of politics and the UN, not to mention the idea of changing the world takes time and hard work, that you might not see the benefits of until much later.
I was one of the lucky interns of fall 2009 that was able to reap the rewards of hard work put in by our Director and multiple interns from the past. I was here for the North American DDD that was held at Yale University. This conference was a culmination of great speakers and other aspects, like art, that really portrayed human dignity. It would not have been possible without the hard work for years past of previous people.
That is the beauty of WYA, we are all striving for the same goal, to make people know and realize their worth and dignity, simply because they are human. I am working on a summer camp for high schoolers, that will teach them just that; and yet my hard work will be passed on to others to see the end result. But I will be grateful simply knowing I was able to help in some small way.
WYA has forever changed my life and the way I see the world, and I will always be apart of their work and the causes that are so dear to their heart.
By Christin Redfield
Intern from Colorado, USA.