AFYP In the Spotlight: Summer Interns!

Every summer, AFYP has an open application for young people to become interns! Interns have many duties during our Summer Acting Camp, ranging from assisting groups to curbside check in. Today, we'll hear from Emily Wade, Antonio DeMarco, and Vivian Lemons about their experiences as a Summer Intern!

Emily has interned at Summer Acting Camp since Summer 2014. Emily was a college sophomore at William & Mary when she began her AFYP journey and has become an essential member of the Group 4 team with growing responsibilities each summer.

Antonio interned with AFYP for the very first time this summer! He spent two weeks as a junior counselor with Group 4. Junior counselors are under the age of 16 and often are working their very first job!

Vivian has been a student with AFYP for years, appearing in productions such as You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Alice in Wonderland, Jr. Her first year as a junior counselor was Summer 2016. Vivian assisted with Musical Theater and Movement at Summer Acting Camp.  "Even the simplest tasks, such as cleaning, were never boring or a hassle, thanks to the amazing staff and campers that I had the pleasure of interacting with!" Vivian commented.

How has your internship helped your personal development?

VIVIAN: I’ve been with AFYP for quite a few years, starting as a student, and having the opportunity to work as a counselor this summer truly gave me a more thorough appreciation for everything the Red Shirts really do.  Not only were they working as hard as they could to make all of the students happy, but they were also incredibly supportive and welcoming of each and every staff member.  Working alongside so many talented and compassionate people gave me inspiration to make a difference in this world.  Watching amazing interactions between students and staff was a rewarding experience that has made me a kinder and more patient person.  

ANTONIO: My internship at AFYP showed me that you can be a mature and responsible adult while also being original, creative, and weird at the same time. 

EMILY: I grew immensely as a leader because of my work at AFYP. Being an intern I was given many opportunities to lead and teach the campers. I appreciated the amount of trust the whole staff put in me and became more confident because of this. 

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned as an intern?

VIVIAN: As an intern, the most valuable lesson that I learned was to always be alert, constantly looking for ways to help people.  In AFYP this meant offering to help another counselor with a script, throwing away extra trash, or reviewing choreography with a student that looked confused or discouraged so that they didn’t give up. However, this lesson has a variety of real-world applications. Everyday, people can look for ways to be kind and lend a helping hand. If everyone did this, the world would be a much better place.  

ANTONIO: The most valuable thing I learned from AFYP is that good things that you do for these kids have the most positive effect on you and those around you.

EMILY:  The most valuable lesson I learned as an intern was how amazing the campers are. It was so fun to get to know the campers each week, to get to see the different personalities, and to see the improvement in the students as the week went on!

Share a favorite (short!) memory from your summer

VIVIAN: One of my favorite memories from this past summer is watching Group 1 (5 and 6 years old) perform a musical theatre song and dance that I helped teach.  All of the kids looked so excited and thrilled to be performing, and it made me feel so overjoyed to think that I had possibly helped contribute to their happiness.  

ANTONIO: My favorite memory is everything about AFYP!

EMILY: My favorite memory is having awesome dance parties every morning in the parking lot. I never knew I could be so enthusiastic in the morning, but put on some High School Musical or the Pokemon theme song and I’m all in.

What would you say to a young person who wants to apply for this program?

VIVIAN: Helping at AFYP never feels like work, and what kind of a job could be better than that? It is an incredible experience that is rewarding, challenging and inspiring.  AFYP has helped shape who I am today.

ANTONIO: You should totally apply. You will have so much fun and make friends that you will have for a lifetime. At the end of the day, you feel that you have done something truly incredible.

EMILY: Apply for this program! Not only are you going to learn how to lead others and fine tune your own acting tools, but you get to make incredible friends on staff. This is the best job I’ve ever had!