Cristal Nembhard ’18 is a Human Development and Family Studies major at the University of Saint Joseph. In the fall of 2017, she interned at Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center in Hartford, Conn., where she mentored children aged six to 17. “I love human services, working with people, and seeing the overall growth in people,” said Nembhard.
At her internship, Nembhard developed a great bond with her eight-year-old mentee. One of her most meaningful memories was when her mentee expressed how grateful she was for guidance this year. In addition to mentoring, Nembhard did research for the YMCA director about advancing their program, checked references for mentor applicants, developed clerical skills, and had the opportunity to attend leadership trainings.
As a senior, Nembhard has also gained professional experience through other internships including: The Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, the West Hartford YMCA, and the Archdiocese of Hartford. These internships have allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life and to become more open minded. One of her most meaningful classes was “Risk and Resilience” with Katherine-Ann Buck, Ph.D., which taught her how to offer resources to families in need.
In the future, Nembhard hopes to earn her master’s degree in Business Management or doctorate of law to practice family law. She is very active on campus as the President of the Blue Jays in Spirit Praise Team and a member of the Student Programming and Events Counsel (SPEC).