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Spotlight on Selah Squalls

We asked Selah Squalls, our Spring 2023 Nonprofit Management Intern, a few questions to get to know her better.

What does a typical work week look like for you?

A typical work week for me at FAPAC involves completing weekly tasks for our Families Growing Stronger Together program (FGST), researching programs or information for our Grants program, assisting with our monthly Resource Parent Support Group, and assisting in planning the Foster Youth Summit in May!

What are the projects you are working on?

Some projects I am working on are contacting organizations to find pre-existing curriculums for youth programs, contacting birth families to follow-up with their progress in the FGST program, and contacting foster youth and others to complete their registration for our Foster Youth Summit. 

What drew you to FAPAC?

I was drawn to FAPAC due to their mission to advance, empower, train, and strengthen all families, such as kinship, birth, adoptive, and foster families. Their mission and programs are rare to come across. Nonetheless, as a future social worker, I found their enthusiasm, history, and mission to be vital in increasing my knowledge and career goals and perfect for my training as an undergraduate, social work major. 

What is something you’ve learned so far during your internship here?

I’ve learned effective ways to communicate with diverse individuals, groups, and families. Moreover, I learned how to properly manage multiple tasks and projects, while still remaining professional, enthusiastic, hard-working, and dedicated to serving our population and community at FAPAC. 

What are your career goals and/or aspirations? Where do you see yourself after graduation?

Some career goals of mine are to become a School Social Worker (working with children in the school system), and my ultimate goal is to become a Clinical Social Worker in the Washington DC-Metropolitan area or in New York City, serving young men and women who suffer from or experience mental, behavioral, and emotional disturbances elicited by previous or current trauma.