Alley’s House has partnered with University of Texas at Arlington Social Work program for several years to provide social work students a practicum experience to gain skills and knowledge in a professional setting. One of our current interns, Tianna, shares about her placement at Alley’s House and the impact it made on her life and career path.
I started interning at Alley’s House in January 2014. During this time I was able to see how a small non-profit is run from the ground up. I chose Alley’s House as my practicum site for that reason but also because as a former teen mother I can relate to the organization’s mission. When I was a teen I did not see anyone in my own life attending or graduating from college so one of my goals is to share with Alley’s House clients that it is possible to be more than a statistic.
During my internship, I enjoyed working with the teen mothers and, through case management, helping them overcome obstacles that life throws their way. I’ve seen them make strides towards their future with the help of goal planning and Alley’s House life skills training and workshops. My personal takeaway from this experience is that even though I am just one person I can help change lives. Alley’s House helped me discover that about myself. Although my internship is at an end, I will remain an active volunteer and take on a new role as a mentor for a young mother. The mentoring program will provide me a different perspective and relationship with a teen mom. While I used to be just a case manager, now I can also be a friend.
I am grateful for the many lessons, I’ve learned at Alley’s House!