Your Name: Summer Dowd-Lukesh
Location: Claremont, CA
NYAB Term(s): 2007-2008; 2008-2009
What are you doing now?I graduated from Scripps College in the spring of 2014 with a B.A. in both Political Science/International Relations and in French Studies. Throughout college I continued my involvement with nonprofits by working for The Fresh Air Fund and the Scripps College Academy, engaging with kids and students from under resourced schools and communities, and for Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity (URGE) as a student journalist. This year I am spending my time working as an Admissions Counselor at my alma mater before moving to New York City in July to start my new career as an Elementary School Teacher at Harlem Prep Elementary School through Teach for America.
How would you say serving on the NYAB influenced your life?Serving on the NYAB was the first indication that I could play a leadership role in important work like fighting to end hunger in the US. These were early steps for me but they were integral in my realization that there was full-time, professional work available for people who wanted to spend their lives challenging inequality and that there might be a place for me in that world.
Anything you would like to tell future NYAB members?Take yourself seriously - just because you are young and probably inexperienced doesn't mean that you can't be a leader in your community for the issues you care about. Speak up when you have an opinion and ask tons of questions.
Thanks for sharing, Summer Dowd-Lukesh! We wish you the best of luck as you journey to New York to be a teacher.