Of Greater Houston Summer 2008 Internship Jordan Hart 16725 Longenbaugh Dr. Houston, TX 77095 (281) 859-6143 3 rd Largest YMCA in Houston 40,000 Square Feet Langham Creek Family YMCA
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I was able to gain a great deal of experience in several areas by spending time in 5 different departments (aquatics, membership, sports, teen programs and wellness), rather than simply spending the entire summer with a single department. I gained a great deal of knowledge in areas I had not previously explored and discovered that I had strengths in these areas. I was allotted a great deal of freedom to move between departments and get involved in as much as possible. Working with people of all ages from young children to teenagers to older adult helped me to improve my interpersonal skills and learn how to respond appropriately under pressure to a variety of unique situations. This site received 4 out of 5 stars because there is a noticeable lack of leadership, motivation and organization in several departments.Internship Site Ranking
1 of 2 Langham Creek pools with water slide and splash pad
The cardio and weight room, just one part of the 10,000 square foot Langham Creek wellness center and a couple of helpful wellness center staff members!
Kid Zone child care facility where members can drop off their children free of charge for up to 3 hours!
A group of day campers playing a game in the large aerobics room
Cycle room where spin classes are held
Camp Counselors at the Astros Game!
Day Camp Carnival Fun!
Day Camp Directors!
Everybody loves data entry!
YMCA Operation Backpack!
To develop a comprehensive understanding of how the youth sports program is run and how to deal with any issues that may arise regarding rules, inclement weather, field conditions, coaching or player conflicts.
My daily activities changed each week depending upon which department I was working with but some examples of my daily work within these departments included:
Quarterbacked the Langham Creek Family YMCA’s participation efforts in Operation Backpack, the largest city-wide school supply and backpack drive in Houston.
Developed a contest to motivate staff and members, created and distributed flyers, gathered community support and involvement and utilized word of mouth to notify members of the drive.Project Description- Operation Backpack
Final Thought: “Consider the YMCA of Greater Houston for your internship because…”