Annapolis is a special community. It is a city small enough to care about all its citizens and large enough to provide an array of compelling work and educational opportunities for young people. The African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child” may be difficult to manifest in DC or Baltimore, but here in Annapolis, we have the resources, the dedication, and the diversity to support the success of every student, if only we create the structures in which to do so.
Internship mentors and community advocates working together with the school’s Crew leaders, teachers, and parents, can support students one at a time, listening to their needs and goals and connecting students with what they need and want.
The internship experience serves not only to educate students, but to enrich the internship mentor’s life, to weave community connections across Annapolis, and to make our beloved city more respectful, resilient, and sustainable.