Alissa's Open Road

ALISSA RHEE

Community Development Intern
Builders of Promise

“As long as you have the tenacity to stick out the beginnings of things, everything else will fall into place.”

INTERESTS:

Government Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fulfillment Success Determination Community

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Her family was very purpose-driven, and she thought she'd best be able to help people by working in government.
  • After interning at a senator's office, she realized that working in politics left her too removed from the community.
  • She approached one of her teaching assistants-who had started Builders of Promise-and asked to get in on the ground level.
  • Builders of Promise is a nonprofit that aims to empower and uplift the communities and people of Detroit.
  • One of Alissa's big projects with Builders of Promise was building a community garden in 2013.
  • Says anything you do will help you build a skillset that will be helpful later in life.
  • For example, she believes that her skills in purposeful community development will extend beyond her nonprofit work.
  • Says, "as long as you love what you do, you'll find a way to make it a success."

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