In regards to the entirety of my experience working as Domi’s Project Management Intern, I have come to find that this experience has better prepared me for a more in depth career path.
At the beginning of my work with Domi, I had a vague idea of what the organization’s vision was and how the goals were to be executed. My focus in my individual career path both as a student and a future Non-profit worker was to focus on international non-profits that would aid in poverty alleviation. Throughout my time at FSU, I have always had the vision and the mission, but I lacked a tangible path to work towards bringing the vision to reality.
Looking back at my time learning under Dominick Ard’is and working alongside the Get Started program, I have learned how to take an idea and make a business model out of it. Regardless of whether or not the end goal for the business is money or social impact, the business models are one in the same. I have learned through my work at Domi, how to create a business plan, how to network with customers, how to fine tune costs, and how to sort through the legal components of businesses.
My entire experience with Domi has truly shaped how I view social entrepreneurship. Because of the work that I was able to be part of, I have been prepped and trained to eventually start my own StartUp and cultivate it into its own successful nonprofit.
With the year coming to an end there are a lot of things on INIE’s plate. We have been working on preliminary planning for the NESI conference in March and I have been able to meet the board and sit in on some meetings which has been a really cool experience! NESI stands for Nonprofit Enterprise and Social Innovation summit and the goal is to bring leaders from all different sectors to create an event that’s really positive for all who attend. There are different tracks with different workshops to cater to everyone’s needs and wants. That’s primarily what we’re working on at INIE right now- figuring the tracks and workshops that will give the most to those who attend. It’s difficult because there is so many amazing ideas that have been brought to the table, it makes this decision process tough. However, I will not be there for all the planning for this conference as my internship is coming to an end in December. I do plan on volunteering for this event and I’m really excited to see how it comes together.
As of recent, Mary and my experience with our RedEye internship has improved dramatically. We have a venue set, training are underway and we are only a few weeks out frying actually running the mobile cafe. We have a really great opportunity at the Wesley foundation and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds.
Mark’s staff is incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and humble; they are all an absolute pleasure to work with. I was a bit skeptical of how the training would go after our last meeting with Mark. However, his staff has gone above and beyond to ensure that our training is done properly.
I am extremely pleased with these positive turn of events! I cannot wait to put all my new barista skills to use in the mobile cafe!
P.S. Come see us from 7-11 at the Wesley Foundation on finals week!!!
The past two weeks have been very productive! Dalton and I met up with Shane from Wesley Foundation and discussed logistics for the finals week event. We have a basic idea of how the event will go and what we will need to do to prepare. Dalton and I are now focusing on the details of the event, such as drink options, pricing, and writing out the pro forma.
We also have started training at RedEye Coffee Capital Circle so we will have basic knowledge about coffee making during our event. Josh, Zack, and TJ are all very helpful and I am learning a lot about coffee and coffee culture. I had no idea that there was anything other than the drip coffee I make at home – turns out there’s a million different espresso drinks and so many ways to make that perfect drink by just toying with the amount of milk or coffee. (The Cortadito is my new favorite, which I didn’t even know existed until a week ago.) I’ve learned about the compositions of all of Red Eye’s drinks and am looking forward to trying to make a few myself.
I’m on cloud nine right now because I spent yesterday afternoon making dog treats. I ended an 18 month dog treat drought yesterday. I still smell like peanut butter, but I don’t care.
Baking without my mom was an odd experience. We had our baking system down to a science, to the point where we almost didn’t have to say anything to each other. But yesterday, I found myself searching for a whisk and asking Lynne’s sons where they kept the measuring cups. We also made SEVEN TRAY OF PEANUT BUTTER TREATS with one batch of ingredients. At first, I couldn’t make sense of it, but then I realized – duh, these
cookie cutters are much smaller than the ones I used back home.
So now we have more than enough treats to get started with, because while I rolled dough and cut bones, Lynne was manning the dehydrator and made several trays of sweet potato chews and pupperoni sticks. Not bad for one night’s work.
I was kind of terrified, though. I had never made a batch of treats by myself; I always had my mom checking in on my progress. Part of me was afraid that I would forget to do something or mix the ingredients wrong. But Lynne’s dogs were ecstatic and turned circles, begging for more, so I’m confident I did a good job.
With this hurdle crossed, I’m excited to finish my reports and see where this project goes. I’m so thankful I’ve had the opportunity to use my past experiences and learn how to start a business.
Novemeber 11 was Veterans Day and the day of one of the events we have been working on this season. The turnout was good, and the amount of donations we received was great!
The point of the event was to get the girls from various GOTR sites to have the chance to come together and be involved with a service project outside if their own site and this year the chosen theme was Veterans. The community also got involved by bringing donations to the event which was before tip-off of the FSU Women’s Basketball game and participating in letter writing which was given directly to our Veterans of the Big Bend area who are involved with the Sacred Soil project.
The things that I contributed to were brainstorming ideas to keep the girls busy assisting the Executive Director with follow up of partner and beneficiaries of the event (The Sacred Soil Project and FSU Women’s Basketball), making signs for the event and reaching out to the community to secure donations. The girls really seemed to understand the reason for the event and the huge contribution they were making by being involved. Everything we hoped to do while coordinating this event I believe was accomplished!
Tonight was the night of the event I had been working on for E-month- the Social Entrepreneurship meetup. And I think it went really well! There was a great turnout from the people who are already involved in Social Entrepreneurship as well as those who want to get involved. It was nice to see so many FSU students there as well. Representatives from DOMI, Redeye, Commu, and more made this a really great networking opportunity for them. We had food and great conversation! I was afraid it might be awkward because there was no facilitation, however, I was proven wrong. Everyone was engaged and overall I feel the event was a success. There were a couple things I would’ve changed if I could do it again.
- Contact more Social Enterprises in area (and hound them to come)
- Introduce INIE and some of the amazing people we had in the room at the beginning of the meetup
- Have some note cards with questions for some of the more timid people in the room
- Have a couple interactive and optional activities (perhaps a big poster posing a question with some markers for people to write their answers)