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A reflective blog post from our Intern Sundas

As I sit down to write this blog post, I can't help but feel a sense of nostalgia and accomplishment. My journey as a Virtual Communications Executive at Imani Academy & Co has been an incredible ride filled with learning, growth, and meaningful connections. It's a journey I'll forever cherish and have shaped me both professionally and personally.

When I first embarked on this internship, I was excited yet unsure of what to expect. The youth-focused virtual world was relatively new to me, and I was eager to dive in. One of the first lessons I learned during this internship was the importance of adaptability and effective virtual communication. I am now well-equipped to navigate the virtual landscape effectively. Zoom meetings, Slack channels, and collaborative online tools became my companions in this new virtual landscape.

One of the most rewarding aspects of this internship was the hands-on experience it provided. I didn’t just observe; I was an active participant in projects aimed at empowering and inspiring young individuals. In a role that centered around communications, I honed my skills in crafting clear and compelling messages. From drafting newsletters and writing emails to researching and curating content for our social media platforms, I discovered the power of words in conveying ideas. I was entrusted with responsibilities that challenged me to think creatively and act decisively.

Throughout my internship, I had the privilege of working alongside an inspiring and passionate mentor, Imani Clough-Brown, who was always ready to offer guidance and support. Her insights and encouragement were invaluable, and I am grateful for the knowledge and wisdom she shared with me.

As I reflect on my journey, I realise that I didn't just contribute to the mission of Imani Academy & Co, but I also grew as an individual. I became more resilient, adaptable, and solution-oriented. I learned the art of multitasking and problem-solving on the go. Working remotely helped me to build a high level of self-discipline, an invaluable skill of time management and the ability to structure my day efficiently. Perhaps the most significant takeaway from this internship was the growth mindset it instilled in me. I realized that every challenge was an opportunity to learn and improve. From constructive feedback to moments of creative inspiration, I embraced it all with an open mind.

What inspired me most during my time at Imani Academy & Co was the organization's commitment to amplify the voices of young people and empowering them to lead their journeys. It reinforced my belief that young individuals are not just the leaders of tomorrow; they are leaders today.

This internship has not just been about building my resume; it's been about building character, resilience, and a deeper understanding of the professional world. I'm excited about what the future holds and am confident that the lessons learned during this internship will continue to guide me on my career path.

As my internship comes to an end, I look forward to staying connected with the incredible team at Imani Academy & Co. I leave with a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to continue supporting youth leadership initiatives.

In closing, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Imani Clough-Brown for this enriching experience. My journey here has been nothing short of amazing, and I am excited to carry the lessons and inspiration I've gained into the next chapter of my life.

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