“When I first heard about Rêve Academy at school, it sounded like a fun experience in developing myself. My first project was making my own website. The concept was for kids to get outdoors more by looking for a local park on my site and then joining sports teams or pickup games. It was a way for them to connect with other kids.
Here at Rêve Academy, my project team worked with the YMCA to help homeless youth find the resources they need to be safe. We worked extra hard on that, so I hope our changes are put into action.”
// Friendly, supportive, quiet
// A student at Metro Heights Academy
// A career in technology
Discussing his team’s business idea with Digiteer Mike and working with volunteers at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals.
“I used to not talk in front of everyone. I would get way too nervous. Now I get nervous and then I take a deep breath and…I’m just nervous a little bit but I can handle myself. I think what has made the difference is all the people that are here.
My project group is supportive—they don’t judge. But they tell you if they see something wrong with an idea that you don’t see. And they listen. I feel that they don’t judge because they don’t laugh at anything. Instead they tell you what’s wrong with it, to help it be better.”
Noe pitching the business idea he came up with: MPOWR, a mentoring app that helps young people overcome their depression.
“At the beginning of this summer, I thought I’d grow in being a leader, communicating with people, and being an active listener. I think that all came true. Rêve Academy has helped me get more social, which also helps me in my other job [as a cashier].
It’s coming up in front of everybody that’s hard. But when my team pitched our business idea in front of the board of directors [Rêve Academy staff], it felt important.”
Noe gained both technical and professional skills in his internship—and he didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid him a fair wage for his work each week, while he learned:
// Google Drive
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2016.
Become a digital volunteer and help our interns as they work on real-world projects. Or show our kids what an ordinary day looks like for a working professional. There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t be shy—we can’t wait to meet you!