By Kamieha Greene
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the UVSO Department Community Outreach & Planning (DCOP) team took a trip up to Ivy Hill Park. We were not exactly sure why we were there. We were only told that the DCOP Outreach Coordinator, Pamela Daniels was being interviewed. When we arrived, we met Carolyn Jones and her team from 100 People Foundation. She and her camera crew were filming Ms. Pam (as we call her) as part of a special Newark Celebration 350 project called “100 People of Newark.” What we also did not know was that as Ms. Pam’s interns, we would be part of a photo shoot too! So for the first fifteen minutes we were really “on location” at Ivy Hill Park taking shot after shot until the 100 People Foundation had what they needed. After the lavish shoot, Ms. Jones sat with Ms. Pam and began the interview. She was asked questions like, “How did you come to work at UVSO?” and “How do you want your work to be remembered?” and “What do you want millennials to know about community development work?”
After viewing Ms. Pam’s experience, I learned that hard work leads to recognition both personal and also for your organization. I learned that even though African-American women face a lot of odds, they can beat them by working hard. I learned that it only takes one fish to create a ponds-worth of success. This was an experience I can never forget. I look forward to the finished project, which is slated for the end of the year.