One of the biggest pushes this summer will be finding a way to get DFA’s mission across to different groups of people. DFA’s mission is so undervalued that most people think DFA is just a school or an academy where student go and learn cooking skills. Our role this summer will be tackling those problems and letting people know where there money is going and how their contributions can mean so much to students who want to learn about entrepreneurship but through culinary arts. We’ve noticed that people are more likely to buy Mitten Bites and Slow Jams at the market once they hear a little more about DFA, so we want everyone to at least know what DFA is doing to inspire young Detroiters. In order to tackle this problem, we are thinking about using social media and in person conversations at Wayne State and Eastern Market to get this misconception corrected. Other methods include creating pamphlets that consumers can read and share with others about their experience with DFA and how Detroit is lucky to serve a hub for amazing non-profit organizations like DFA.
These past weeks I’ve noticed something so special about Detroit, everyone is so passionate about improving the city they live in. I personally believe empowering the youth is the first step towards this, educating and giving them the resources they need to be successful is crucial. Personally speaking, my high school didn’t do a very good job on teaching professional life skills like interview prep or how to present oneself confidently in front of interviewers or groups of people. Till this day I have to self-learn some skills via videos or talking to different people, and this summer I have the privilege to be working with five fellows who are excited to get one on one help with professional life skills. It will be challenging because I myself don’t know it all, but I will try my best in guiding them and giving them all the tips and tricks, I’ve learned over the years. I’m ecstatic to be working alongside the five fellows. I hope to motivate and spark up an interest they didn’t know they had that can potentially be a career path, like they have for me. They’ve influenced my future career in so many ways that I’m very thankful we’ve been able to cross each others paths!