Saralee Renick

APEX Fellowship | Saralee Renick

October 27, 2020   /  

Major: Sociology
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Brooke Krause

Wilson Award

As a virtual intern with the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families in Charleston, WV, I planned and implemented children’s activities, and researched and wrote grants.

Saralee Renick will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 8:00am – 10:00am.

17 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Saralee Renick”

  1. Saralee – I know this was a challenging experience for you but you made the most of it. The communication skills you employed will certainly benefit you moving forward. And, it’s no small feat that you helped host organizations receive grant awards two summers in a row!

  2. Hi Saralee,

    I really enjoyed hearing about the many insights about yourself that your internship provided. It reminded me a bit of my experience as a Peace Corps volunteer: you think the focus will be concrete projects that help other people (which also happens, maybe just not as much as you hope), but the real takeaways have to do with more fundamental lessons about what is important to you and how you can adapt to circumstances. I was also happy to learn about a project through the Shepherd program which the APEX director first talked to me about last spring. Best wishes on your exploration of social work!

  3. Saralee,
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I see that your experience really allowed you to learn more about the kind of work (and work environment) you will prefer.
    I applaud you for diving into grant writing. This is a skill that is much sought after, so be sure you include this in your resume.

  4. Wonderful job Saralee! Being able to connect with families and residents must’ve been difficult remotely, but you made the most of it 🙂 What was the most challenging part about the grant proposal?

    1. The most challenging part of the proposal was figuring out what the shelter needed while not being on site. I wasn’t really sure what the needs were until I was I given a virtual tour of the shelter and saw the lack of games and equipment outside.

  5. Thank you for sharing your EL experience and reflections on the experience. You provide some great advice and a model for others. I am sure your experience in preparing grant applications will serve you well, as well as figuring out how to do accomplish your goals in a remote environment!

  6. Although the circumstance were not ideal it’s really great that you were able to secure the grant for the shelter! Do you intend to work with this organization again in the future or in your professional career?

    1. I don’t have any plans to work with Sojourner’s again, but I would love the opportunity.

  7. Saralee, I am so proud of you and how much work you put into this experience! I hope this experience helps you in the near future, and I’m really excited to see the places you’ll go after this!

  8. Saralee, congratulations! It’s testament to your own independent drive and creativity that you were able to successfully navigate a grant proposal for a brick-and-mortar organization, remotely. I’m glad your APEX Fellowship allowed you to explore a new potential career path!

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