Youth Service, Inc. is lucky enough to have interns helping us make an impact in the communities we serve. Alicia Mullings is interning with the Parenting Collaborative program at Youth Service, Inc.
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background. Where and what are you studying?
I currently work in the public health sector performing outreach to pregnant and parenting youth and their babies, focusing on positive outcomes on child development. I have more than 12 years of social service experiences. I am a Master of Social Work (MSW) student at Widener University and set to graduate in May 2021.
Q: What is your goal as an intern?
My goal as an intern is to use the skills that I have gained from past professional experiences and apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to real life practices. I aim to build professional relationships in the office and in the community. Through the supportive staff at YSI, I yearn to learn as much as I can in order to become an effective student and social worker. A personal goal of mine is to leave an impactful impression on those I work with.
Q: What is your main project during your time at YSI?
My project at YSI is to work with the Parenting Collaborative facilitators to provide parenting support in a group setting. Assessing the knowledge and skill that parents want to take away from the group is pivotal so we can tailor the support that is applicable to their parenting style. Educating parents on children’s stages of development, healthy ways to handle stressors, and exploring self-care through interactive activities is the focus of the group experience.
Q: Did you know about YSI prior to starting your internship? If not, what would be one suggestion for a place to publicize information about the agency?
Yes, I was very familiar with YSI prior to interning. I worked at the agency for 5 years and gained much of my professional experience from YSI.
Q: Why did you choose YSI when you were looking for a place to intern?
I chose YSI because of the services they provide in the community. YSI’s reputation and influences are impressive. The staff within the agency are very helpful and eager to assist in any way possible. I was confident in knowing that interning at YSI would be an enriching experience.
Q: Why do you think it is important to intern at YSI?
It is important to intern with YSI because of the wealth of knowledge and programs that YSI offers. As an intern you want to gain a plethora of experience. I feel that the uniqueness of the parenting support groups will give me insight on different parenting styles and how specific parenting styles are developed. I will be able to work with diverse clientele and develop professional skills while serving as an intern co-facilitator.
*If you are a student and interested in interning at Youth Service, Inc. (YSI) please contact us via: https://ysiphilly.org/contact-us/ .