This summer, we were fortunate to have the help of two phenomenal interns, who volunteered their time and skills to propel our mission.
Jocelyn and Martie
Jocelyn Guizar is a Bay Area native who is interested in education and social impact. This fall, she enters The New School in New York City to obtain a masters in Philosophy.
Jocelyn was drawn to Wishbone’s mission because the experiences of our students resonated with her own. She shared with us this story:
“After speaking to one of my professors during office hours, I stood outside her door collecting tears. But I wasn’t weeping because I was sad. I wept because I felt relieved. During our conversation my professor had casually said ‘…when you get your PhD.’”
“This meant so much to me, because I recall being told on almost a daily basis that it would be difficult for me to get an undergraduate education. In retrospect, I realize that it is possible that I received this message because of what I looked like and where I lived (aka my socioeconomic background). Many well-meaning adults told me to work hard because it would be a difficult road. It may seem like a subtle difference, but in reality, the most uplifting thing an educator did was tell me what I could do, not what challenges I would face.”
“This summer, I volunteered for the Wishbone team to give 100+ students an opportunity to find such environments. When we put our students in the hands of educators at top tier programs, not only do we give them the opportunity to follow their passions and make discoveries about themselves, but we also expose them to leading educators whose aim is to cultivate the dreams of enthusiastic students.”
Martie Ogle is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School, which is also the alma mater of Wishbone founder Beth Schmidt. A native of Oakland, Martie will be attending Bowdoin College as a freshman this fall.
“This has been my first job in the real “working world,” and it was a very positive and rewarding experience! My biggest project was researching summer and after school programs in Northern California and New York. I’m really excited to see if students will enjoy their experiences at programs that I found.”
“My favorite part of working at Wishbone this summer was getting to know the students that Wishbone serves. I met five students at a Wishbone lunch in the beginning of the summer, and read updates from students all summer. I enjoyed sharing in everyone’s excitements, victories, and challenges.”
For opportunities to volunteer with Wishbone, please email email@example.com.