Yesi’s Internship Experience

March 9, 2016

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Interning with Becky’s Fund will be an experience I’ll always hold close to my heart. I’m grateful I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of a community that truly wants to change and assist women suffering from unhealthy relationships. Not only have I learned a tremendous amount about relationships, but about myself as a young woman, a student and a Latina.

I really enjoyed researching how domestic violence specifically affects Latinas in the United States. They’re often stuck in a position where they’re raised to maintain a strong family unit which could be at the cost of their own happiness, safety and well-being. Many Latinas experiencing unhealthy relationships are often first and second generation immigrants who are unaware about the resources available to them. Through my research I learned help is everywhere for everyone and as a community we need to lend a helping hand because no one really knows what someone is experiencing behind closed doors. Becky’s Fund works to find all the proper resources for each individual depending on their story because every situation is different.

Before interning for Becky’s Fund, I knew sexual assault was prominent on college campuses. As a college student living on campus for the past three years, I never knew the extent of how big this problem is. Becky’s Fund works toward bringing awareness and more thorough education about healthy relationships on college campuses. It’s unfortunate women are taught and encouraged to speak about their experiences, only to be pushed to the side at times. However, I’m so moved and proud to see that so many celebrities, leaders, activists and nonprofits are working to make a change. Becky’s Fund has inspired me to continue raising awareness for all students affected by sexual assault to seek proper help and justice.

I am grateful for having had the opportunity to live in DC for ten weeks and intern with an amazing nonprofit where we empower, assist and advocate for women. I’m thankful for all the opportunities, advice and guidance from Becky and I’m leaving in awe with all that she does. I’ll miss the amazing group of women I’ve had the privilege to work with throughout my stay.