This post was written by Tia Hammons, an intern in the IIF Youth Leaders Summer Program in its pilot year. Tia will be a high school senior in 2013 and aspires to pursue a career in the medical field. You can learn more about her journey by watching the IIF Youth Leaders Recap Video here
Before receiving this job and being involved in “Izzy’s Kids”, I had no idea who Israel Idonije was. I feel kind of bad about that now because he is a remarkable man. Most people are usually scared to meet celebrities because we are not in their “league”. When I got the job I wasn’t nervous about meeting Mr. Idonije because he is just a down to earth person. I love the Foundation’s 5 core values: Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision Making, and Effective Communication. At first I didn’t understand the terms because to me they were just words but after being at the foundation for a little bit I have started to understand how they all play a part.