Chairez went through a round of interviews during the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program job fair. He stepped into his first interview with the non-profit Susan G. Komen Dallas County, Chairez did not think it was his best interview.
“I wasn’t too confident in getting the job, but I gave it my all,” said Chairez.
Weeks after the interview Road To College counselor Ms. Morales called the scholar into her office. Chairez was offered the internship with Susan G. Komen Dallas County.
On his first day his supervisor asked him what he wanted to achieve during his internship. Chairez said he wanted to implement a component to increase outreach to the Hispanic community. The teen came up with the idea after talk to his family and telling them about where he would be interning for the summer.
“I told my mom and my family about Susan G. Komen, and they weren’t really aware of their work in the fight against breast cancer,” said Chairez.
From that he developed the idea to hold orientation for Spanish-speaking volunteers. The teen found it important to not only educate his community about breast cancer but also engage them to become volunteers.
Volunteers assist in variety of aspects from health fairs, the Susan G. Komen race and community events. All volunteers must go through Volunteer 101 training. The training provides participants with information about the national organization and the Dallas County affiliate, breast cancer overview and how their time makes an impact.
Chairez was able to draw ideas from the training to develop his own orientation for Spanish speakers.
“It was a team effort with the executive director guiding me,” said Chairez.
Toward the end of the internship Chairez was able to lead his first Spanish volunteer orientation for a group of friends.
“It would be great if I could see more and more Hispanic volunteers,” said Chairez.
The Uplift Luna senior said it is not just about what the company can do for you but what you can do for the company. Chairez said that was something he focused on during his interviews, ensuring companies knew that he would be an asset. He advises scholars to have that in mind when interviewing.
The Uplift Luna teen said his preparation for the Dallas Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program began early on in 4th grade.
Chairez began at Uplift Luna in 4th grade and said the rigor, discipline and professionalism Uplift prides itself on has made standout to employers. The senior said his superiors commended him for his professionalism and responsibility. The teen arrived 10 minutes early to work each day.
“Even on Fridays when the office opens at 9 a.m., I would be waiting for my supervisor to arrive,” said Chairez.
The Uplift Luna senior said something that really stuck with him is what one of his mentors told him, “your net worth is based on your network.”
Chairez prides himself in fostering those relationships he built at Susan G. Komen and continuing to build his network as he embarks on college next year.