February Spotlight

Designing the Future, Today

Hayley, future graphic designer, is February’s Community Service Spotlight. Hayley is an 11th grade, 3-year TASIS student. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, she now calls home Surrey, England home.

After attending the 2015 Global Issues Network Conference in Milan, Hayley’s graphic design interest took off. She is currently an Everyday Ambassador intern and the TASIS England NO Project Club founder and president.

 

Everyday Ambassador is “a global consulting firm helping schools and organizations create lasting, positive social change.” In a digitally connected world, they promote the importance of personal connections and human connections. Through their “book, blog, workshops, and consulting engagements, Everyday Ambassador aims to create a cultural shift in the fields of travel, public service, and social enterprise so that good intentions are always translated into respectful social change efforts.”

The NO Project is an anti-slavery, educational campaign that targets youth awareness of human trafficking through visual and digital mediums. “The NO Project values the power of young people [like Hayley] to influence attitudes and change behavior.”

How and why did you become an Everyday Ambassador intern?
Hayley: I first heard about Everyday Ambassador at the 2015 Europe Global Issues Network (EuroGIN)conference in Milan, when I listened to the organization’s founder, Kate Otto, speak. I was inspired by Everyday Ambassador’s philosophy regarding conscious technology usage and strengthening human connections. I was motivated to look into an internship with them and spoke with Otto after her talk. I found out they had a position open for a graphic design intern and immediately requested more information. This was exciting for me because it was an opportunity to combine my passions for design and global issues in an environment that emulates a career path I am interested in. As a graphic design intern I am in charge of creating digital images for the organization’s social media pages.

What do you love most about your internship? In contrast, what is the most challenging aspect? What new perspective have you gained?
Hayley: I love the people I get to work with. The entire team is quirky, inspiring, and incredibly kind and helpful. Because it is a small group running the organization, my opinions and creative ideas are listened to and taken seriously, even though I might be just an intern. The most challenging aspect is trying to spread the Everyday Ambassador message and increase our fanbase. Since August, I’ve gained new perspectives on what it’s like to work on visual development for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) and how to use design software, such as Adobe Illustrator. It has truly been an amazing experience!

Do you have any advice for students who are looking for an internship?
Hayley: Do it! For me, it was as easy as sending an email indicating my interest and attaching a résumé. I think internships are a great way to test careers you are interested in and find ways to turn your hobbies, passions, and interests into jobs. The best advice I can give on finding an internship is research. The Internet provides amazing opportunities to connect with people globally, so use it!

Can you please describe more about your NO Project club? Why did you decide to bring The NO Project to TASIS England?
Hayley: I also learned about The NO Project organization at the 2015 EuroGIN Conference. I received support and brochures directly from the NGO itself, after I contacted them, showing my interest. On a side note, if you ever get the chance to attend a GIN Conference, please do, they allow you to make incredible connections and explore global issues. The Upper School has a G.I.N. club and travels each year to the Europe conference.

The TASIS England NO Project club is currently working on designing a multi-media art exhibition to raise awareness of human trafficking. The gallery will include films, photography, dance pieces, digital art, and paintings. I decided to bring the organization to TASIS because I loved the idea of, once again, using my interest in art and design to raise awareness of a global issue that isn’t as well known as others. I was lucky, because after advertising my club at the bi-annual Upper School Activity Fair, many other like-minded students joined me.

Where can we find more information on your club? How can we help? 
Hayley: For more information on The NO Project, you can contact me. We are always looking for more artists! Also make sure to visit the exhibition at the Fleming Gallery in the TASIS Upper School during March (the opening night is scheduled to take place on March 8, 2016). There will be a donation box within the exhibition, so please donate to The NO Project if you have the chance.

If you’re interested in Everyday Ambassador you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, as well as read their daily blog posts on everydayambassador.org.

Please look out for more information on the Grand Opening of The NO Project Art exhibition, to take place on March 8, 2016! 

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