Internship Connects the Generations in the LGBTQ Community
By Sarah Ford on July 15, 2014
Source: Point Foundation
New York Point Honors Point Scholar Saidzhan Abdul (“Sy”) is 22 years old, but he has chosen to spend his summer helping people who are more than twice his age. A student at the University of Pennsylvania, Sy is interning at the New York headquarters of Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), thanks to the internship opportunities made available to him through his Point Foundations Scholarship and support of The Palette Fund.
A key focus of the Point scholarship is fostering intergenerational communication and cooperation, developed through mentoring, community service projects, and internships. Five years ago The Palette Fund partnered with Point to launch an internship program, which has made it possible for Point Scholars to spend the summer experiencing substantial,professional work that directly benefits LGBTQ community nonprofits. Because The Palette Fund underwrites a stipend for the scholar, a participating nonprofit does not have to incur any costs for having a gifted student work for them during the summer.