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  • Kyle Morford 2:46 pm on August 1, 2011 Permalink
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    The End of Week 10 and The End of My Internship 

    The time has come that I am done this week with my internship with Youth Advocate Program International. It has been a summer spent indoors on a computer researching and digging up information. I am fairly happy with my progress and what I have accomplished. Looking over the past 10 weeks, I see a trail of research that covers the scope of the IPCR program including peace practitioners, child soldier experts, youth violence and drug experts.

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  • Kyle Morford 3:39 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink  

    How to Keep the Hope Alive 

    The one thing that can be challenging during an unpaid internship is keeping the hope alive that you are actually making a difference. So far during my internship I have been asked to perform many menial tasks that have deviated quite a bit from what I was promised when I accepted the internship. For instance, I was asked to be an intern at YAPI I was promised programmatic work, however the great majority of my time has been spent doing basic research, tracking down contact info, and putting together lists of possible funders. Not the ideal summer internship…

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  • Kyle Morford 3:41 pm on July 18, 2011 Permalink
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    Grants grants grants grants grants? 

    Seeing as I am in my last 2 weeks at YAPI, it seems an inopportune time to begin a large undertaking such as the grants process. My boss has tasked me with searching out all grant possibilities that deal with anything youth related. Seeing the initial 40 page document he sent me with past grants was daunting. I feel that in my last couple weeks I should be winding down but it appears he wants it to be winding up.

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  • Kyle Morford 3:23 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink
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    3 weeks to go! 

    My internship so far has been great! I have learned a lot about the youth field from my research and how I can potentially fit into it. However, seeing as I have only 3 weeks left, the feeling of it being over is bittersweet. On the one hand, I have made many new connections and friends and pushed the research to include topics I love. And on the other hand, I never like saying goodbye to a project before it is completely finished.

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    • Marie Spaulding 7:39 pm on July 13, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply


      I am sure that YAPI would be delighted to have you check in when you return from Cairo. You will surely want to stay in touch with your co-workers anyway if only to see what everyone is doing. Good luck with your final projects and preparations for Cairo!


  • Kyle Morford 2:35 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink  

    Archery and Youth 

    Today I have been up to my ears in more researching for this Youth Conference, or Youth Summit. (Name has not been laid out yet)… Anyhow, I have been learning a lot about the field I intend to go into. The youth field has so many interesting things about it. Just by researching biographical information about the conference participants I am learning way more about the potential to fit myself into the field once I am done with Grad School.

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    • Sarah McIntosh 10:43 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s so interesting that you’re researching youth summits…I’m interning for the National Youth Rights Association and my boss, Dave Moss, is hosting a panel at the Nexus Global Youth Summit in New York City later this month. I just spent half my day researching some of the other attendees for him. Dave and some of the other Nexus speakers would be good participants for your conference!

  • Kyle Morford 2:34 pm on July 5, 2011 Permalink  

    Youth Conference 

    Last week was my most busy week yet. My boss has given me the task to start researching potential guests to invite for our Youth Summit that I am helping to put together. I have put together a 22 page list that includes everyone from the UN to university professors. The topics the study are youth development, youth violence, gangs, youth drug use child soldiers and a slew of many other fields in the general category of youth empowerment.

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  • Kyle Morford 2:47 pm on June 28, 2011 Permalink  

    2 week break 

    I just came back from 2 weeks away and it was a much needed break.

    The first week I attended a festival of sorts to represent my organization, Disaster Aid USA. The event was entitled “World Peace and Prayer Day” and it was hosted by Lakota Chief Looking Horse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The event was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the Sioux Nation.

    James Moore

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  • Kyle Morford 9:12 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink  

    The “W” word…web development 

    Yipee! Today I finally was able to switch gears from just research and begin to do something fun like web development. As it turns out, our antiquated website is just that, antiquated. So it is up to me and my coworker Hannah to reformat the website and make it look all shiny and fun! Oh, I might just say that I have no training in this to speak of except for some basic courses in college YEARS AGO! Well whatever, what good is an internship if not to be thrown into uncomfortable situations with no prior knowledge of the topic and have to wrestle your way out of a tough spot. All I have to say is thank you google for giving me the ability to search for basic lines of html code so I am able to keep my sanity!

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  • Kyle Morford 9:00 pm on June 15, 2011 Permalink  

    More research…. AGH! 

    My Tuesday began with researching Youth Summits around the world in order to see what was taught at the summits, who was speaking, how were participants chosen and how did they relate to youth empowerment. I was fairly taken back by how few I could actually find. I thought that there would be far more youth summits than what I actually found. After researching youth summits I was told to find people in the youth empowerment field who might be interested to work with us on our proposal. Now this search took a long time because youth empowerment covers a broad array of fields including psychology, sociology, anthropology, peace studies and a myriad of others. After spending 4 grueling hours of heavy research I found nearly 30 people who deal in this field. I compiled them on my list and continued to the next topic to research, organizations that deal in the field. After that I jumped to find universities with youth empowerment courses. As you can guess, I was very tired and a bit frustrated by the end of the day.

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  • Kyle Morford 4:51 pm on June 9, 2011 Permalink  

    A Summer Indoors 

    Hello everyone out there who might be reading this!

    This summer I landed a great internship with YAPI, Youth Advocate Program International, YAPI.org. YAP International works to prevent and eliminate the worst forms of child labor, the use of children in armed conflict, commercial sexual exploitation of children, and the practice of incarcerating children as adults. We help to protect and ensure rights and services for children affected by war, exploitation, homelessness, statelessness, discrimination, HIV/AIDS, and for refugee and internally-displaced children. We provide voice and visibility for vulnerable children everywhere.

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    • Francine Blume 3:23 pm on June 10, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds really interesting. Are they doing any work here in the United States? What are some of the primary countries where the projects are?

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