For the past eight months, I have had the privilege of interning at Brooklyn Young Mother’s Collective. In my senior year in college, BYMC has given me the opportunity to share with the community what i’ve learned throughout my four years at Dominican College. As a Social Work Intern, I realized that my passion remains in working with the community and sharing my knowledge with the young women in our society. In return, I was able to learn so much from the young women I have worked with. They taught me the issues they faced battling the stereotypes as young mothers. They shared with me their frustrations, as society labeled them instead of motivating them into becoming the prosperous young women they believe they still can become and will become for their children. The young women let me into their worlds, sharing with me their fears, struggles, and, most importantly, their successes. Their success was a mere indication of my own success. It was almost a surreal experience, being able to bond with the young mothers at BYMC and support them in becoming better parents and stronger individuals. May it be continuing their education, graduating from High School, or completing their GED, they have shown me that barriers are meant to be overcome. Their gratitude combined with their drive to becoming the best parent they can be only inspired me to continue to be the best human being I can possibly be. Moving forward, I will remember the importance of respect and integrity while working in the community. If it is one thing I learned through my “Judgement Free” Parenting Classes, we all seek to be respected. When working with others, subtracting our preconceived perceptions and judgements gives way for bonds to be built. We all live life with one purpose; to make a difference. I strongly believe that becoming part of staff at BYMC has allowed me to affect the lives of these young mothers positively.
Irannie Dones BSW