Hopeworks is excited to welcome India Lee, our newest academic success volunteer and member of the newly formed alumni board. India is 23 years old and first learned about Hopeworks while attending Sacred Heart school when she was in the 7th grade. She joined the program shortly after participating in an information session about Hopeworks at her school. Reflecting back on this experience, India shares that “learning Photoshop and web design was such a beneficial experience at such a young age.”
India went on to attend Cherry Hill West H.S. and graduated in 2012. She wrote for the newspaper and participated in many after school activities, including track and field, African American Culture Club, and Circle Club where she helped classmates with special needs strengthen their social skills. India went to Delaware State University where she was the editor of the university newspaper and the operations manager at WDSU radio. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
India is currently a Production Assistant at CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Her job is focused on gathering information for reporters and producers and evaluating press releases for local events. India also works as a substitute teacher. In December of 2016, she was looking for volunteer opportunities and thought about coming back to Hopeworks. After taking a tour of Hopeworks nine years since her start, India shared “it is exciting to see how much things have changed and to see what new information is being taught. The program is still going strong and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
About the Hopeworks Beacon Board, India shared that she “hopes to bring light to how learning these programs early on can help teens decide what they’re good at and what they want to be in life. I know personally, learning how to build a website is extremely beneficial in this day and age because everything is online. So I hope to show the students as well as my colleagues how important a program like this is.”