“Howdy, y’all!” – me, Allison Borthwick, an Indianapolis, Ind., native who has obviously been in Texas for only two weeks.
How did not-so-little ol’ me wind up in Central Texas for the summer? Allow me to pull a quote from one of my favorite books.
“I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current,” wrote Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank.
I have been standing of the side of life for six semesters at Murray State University, learning what I can and applying it whenever possible. Don’t get me wrong – I love my school and the tools it gives me to achieve academic success. However, summer is the time I get to jump in the river. Summer brings new currents and new adventures. These currents usually come in the form of internships. #college
After completing two internships during summers spent in Indianapolis, I decided it was time for a change of scenery. I knew I loved working with nonprofits and that public relations was the path for me, but being in one place for too long was starting to make me a little stir-crazy.
Austin, Texas seemed like the perfect place to go next. Upon looking for internships that suited a public relations major and a nonprofit leadership studies minor, I didn’t find VoiceBox Media. Well, not right away at least.
It found me! Holly Wise, its fearless founder and CEO, returned to Murray State (her alma mater) during the fall semester and spoke with some students there about the work VoiceBox does – myself included. I applied shortly after and here I am now! Writing this blog. Feeling the current.
About Our Project
According to TheVoiceBoxMedia.org, our mission is, “to tell the story of the men, women and children whose lives are being impacted by those working to alleviate global health, education and poverty crises.”
Our team of four summer interns is tackling this mission head-on this summer by increasing awareness of one issue in particular: the poverty crisis in San Marcos, Texas.
This is a city that has been named the fastest growing city in the nation for three years in a row, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Beneath that impressive title, however, are people struggling to make ends meet and keep their heads above water, quite literally. Their poverty rate is pushing 40 percent, and the recent extreme flooding certainly hasn’t helped anything.
We’re going to see why there’s a discrepancy between their growth rate and poverty rate and strive to make a difference.
About Our Partners
Our goals certainly aren’t going to be achieved overnight, and we can’t do it alone. Luckily, we won’t have to.
The Statesman, with print products that reach more than 638,000 readers each week, an online presence boasting 4.8 million website visitors, more than 85,000 Facebook fans and more than 149,000 Twitter followers, will be an invaluable asset to our mission.
Latina Lista has a mission similar to that of VoiceBox’s. According to its website, it seeks to, “elevate underrepresented Latina voices and issues in mainstream media.” San Marcos has a relatively high Hispanic and Latin population. Latina Lista will most definitely carry out their mission as well as ours. Being able to reach out to their thousands of readers and followers will prove to be a vital resource to us.
About Your Part
If we can get just one person to pitch in and help the people of San Marcos, our work this summer will be a success. You can do this any number of ways.
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You can also donate to VoiceBox Media on our donation page.