Key Takeaways from PRYSE Academy

I can’t believe PRYSE Academy is already over; it went by so fast! I loved meeting and getting to know the students at PRYSE Academy. Their personalities shined through their energy during games in class, creative answers to opening circle questions, drawings that answered questions, and their goals for the future.  This internship had many key…

Lessons from Virtual Summer Camp: PRYSE Academy Pt. 2

Though much time has been spent by everyone at PRYSE (including myself) learning how to use the various parts of Zoom, I have gained many other skills and insights at my internship at PRYSE Academy. Though the first week showed me the importance of patience, flexibility, and communication skills, since then I have been pushed…

Toolbox of Skills

Throughout my internship with ARYSE, I am developing a variety of skills that I will certainly use in the future as well. One of the transferable, or soft, skills that I am developing is patience, especially due to the virtual nature of the camp this year. There are many pauses in conversations or videos due…

Lessons from Virtual Summer Camp: PRYSE Academy pt. 1

Most of the summer camps I attended or volunteered at growing up have been canceled this summer. It seemed like too great a challenge to try to engage kids at home: how were they suppose to run a STEM camp when supplies cannot be distributed, a sports camp if they cannot have scrimmages, or an…

ARYSE: A Trailblazing Refugee Serving Organization

This summer, I will be interning at the Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education (ARYSE). Since ARYSE is a refugee serving organization, I wanted to spend some more time discussing the role of these types of organizations in the refugee resettlement process.  To start broadly, who is a refugee? And what’s the difference between…

ARYSE Internship Introduction: Hetvi Patel

Hi everyone! My name is Hetvi Patel and I am a rising senior at Pitt. I am majoring in Molecular Biology on the Biochemistry Track, minoring in Chemistry, and pursuing a certificate in Global Studies on the Health and Well-Being Track. For the past two years, I have been an undergraduate research assistant at the…

Introduction: Kate Honan

Hello Everyone! My name is Kate Honan and I am a rising junior interning at PYRSE Academy this summer. I am a Environmental Engineering major and minoring in Chemistry and Political Science. I have been an active member of F.O.R.G.E ( Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment). I have been tutoring a Syrian refugee…