It takes different ideas, unique gifts, and team of passionate folks to transform a community. This summer, we have been so grateful to have Mykala and Alexandra interning at FCS. Mykala is an architecture major at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Alexandra is studying Advertising and Human Development at the University of Georgia.
Mykala, from Augusta, Georgia, has dreamed of designing homes since childhood, and working with FCS has been a life-changing experience. “It’s amazing to look back and see I am actually pursuing my dream,” Mykala says. “Being able to give back to my African American community is the most interesting and amazing part of my job. Everyday I am inspired to become a better and more creative designer for my future endeavors.”
This summer, Mykala has been creating floor plans for a few new FCS properties. FCS currently has homes under construction, waiting for demolition, being renovated, and on the market. Mykala has been learning Chief Architect, an intuitive software program that allows users to draw and create 3-D rendering of new construction and renovations. “This internship opportunity has taught me that hard work pays off,” Mykala says. “As humans, we must learn to keep faith and work hard even during times of adversity in order to succeed.”
Alexandra will begin her senior year this fall at UGA. She originally learned of FCS through a campus organization called ServeUGA. Then, a nonprofit leader loaned her Toxic Charity. “In the book, Bob Lupton mentions the nonprofit that he started in South Atlanta, and I remember wondering if it was still around,” Alexandra says. “I loved the visionary approach based on years of on-the-ground work. After some research, I discovered that not only was FCS still around, but it was thriving!” She immediately signed up for an FCS Open House and came to visit. Thanks to funding through the Ash Service Award in the UGA Honors Program, she was able to come work with FCS this summer!
Alexander has brought incredible graphic design and marketing skills to FCS this summer. She created images and materials for our Raise a Latte campaign and has been creating branded items for Community Grounds. “I have been learning a lot more about product marketing and developing my skills with Adobe Photoshop,” she says. “But the biggest things I have learned have come from being in this office and working for this amazing nonprofit. I have learned more about intentional neighboring, economic development, mixed-income housing, and urban communities than I ever thought I would. Even though I've only been here for around a month, the soul and spirit of South Atlanta and its people have already found their way into my heart.”
We have been so grateful to Mykala and Alexandra for joining our team this year! We value their work, but mostly, we have benefited from their perspectives, enthusiasm, and energy they’ve brought to the community this summer. We hope to see more of them in the future!