Sekinah Brodie is the newest intern in the Hopeworks ‘N Camden Web Design Department. She came to Hopeworks in November of 2016 after feeling stuck in jobs that she was not passionate about. She graduated from Montclair State University in 2013 with a degree in Communications. Interestingly enough, Sekinah learned about Hopeworks through Facebook which connects well to her dream of working in the digital and social media industry. She came to Hopeworks seeking support in making connections that would help her get started in the technology industry. She started her internship in the Hopeworks Web Design Department on April 10th.
Sekinah was also selected to represent Hopeworks as a member of the youth and alumni panel at the Donor Appreciation Event on Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at Slice Communications. She sat alongside one of Hopeworks’ first trainees, Marcus Williams, who also wrote the original web design curriculum. India Lee, a member of the Alumni Beacon Board along with Marcus, was also present at the panel. Finally, two Hopeworks interns, Charlene Newbill and Willem Schrieks, rounded out the panel.
When most people think about youth who come to Hopeworks, having a college degree is not typically a credential that comes to mind. In fact, at the panel, moderator Mike Dershowitz asked Sekinah about her choice to start the training even with a college degree. Sekinah responded by talking about her difficulty with finding meaningful work and shared that “the post college standard is that they just throw you out there. There is no real help for what happens after college. You might find support here and there in isolated situations, but at Hopeworks everything you need is all in one spot – professionally, academically, and emotionally. I wish that I knew about Hopeworks before when I was younger. But, in retrospect, I don’t know if I would have been ready. College provided a lot of good experiences, but now I am ready to take full advantage of everything that Hopeworks has to offer.”