For the past two months in the HYPE Center you might see a blur running from one spot to the next. Do not fear, that’s just Philip, moving quickly and determinedly from one task to another during his HYPE Center internship.
Philip is a Seattleite. He’s been in the greater Seattle area for most of his life except for a quick stint on the east coast. “Seattle felt like home, it’s where I know people,” Philip says. Contrary to some beliefs, a significant amount of our community’s homeless population is from this area.
Philip first became homeless when he was 17. He ran away from home, had a short stay in a group home, and was released back onto the streets once he reached the legal age of 18. Philip has been homeless off and on for the last 8 or 9 years.
He’s accessed many organizations and services and heard about PSKS when he saw a flyer for the LEAP Internship program at Teen Feed.
Philip is now one of our two interns who work in the HYPE Center. He says his favorite thing about the internship is working in the HYPE Center on Wednesdays. He also likes conducting outreach on Tuesdays, especially coming up with new ideas to make outreach an even better resource. He wants our outreach team to be doing things no one else is doing, such as our needle exchange program during outreach.
Philip is a very active person. When he’s not skateboarding and listening to new music (everything but country), he’s talking a mile a minute, cracking the jokes the whole time. He likes that the internship provides structure to his work, that it’s hands-on but also great for resume building, getting references, and other soft skills.
The goal of this internship for Philip is to figure out what he wants to do for his career. He wants a good job where he can work with his hands, Monday through Friday. One idea he’s been tossing around is to learn how to weld.
It’s hard to believe that Philip’s internship is already half over. But with his hard work, positive attitude and general joy in life, we know Philip is about to move on to bigger and better things.