First Niagara Foundation Intern Blog Post: Juan Huerta


Name: Juan Huerta

Hometown: New Haven

College and Major: Franklin & Marshall, Class of 2021, Computer Science and Spanish

Tutoring Site: Bristol

Club: Math I and Chess

Favorite Childhood Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein


I have always known about the New Haven Reads mission, but getting the opportunity to actually see it in action everyday has positively impacted my life. Considering that I have lived in New Haven my entire life, I am grateful for the opportunity that New Haven Reads has given me to support my community. The short time that I have spent with the amazing people of the program has inspired me to think about the ways that I can contribute to my community.

At New Haven Reads, I was in charge of leading and providing a math club and a chess club. However, the responsibility I fell in love with was being a literacy tutor for the students of the program. Throughout the summer I met many different students, young people who are striving to become the best they can be. To have been a part of these student’s journeys—where they overcame and surpassed their expectations—is what has truly impacted me this summer. They are here to become the best they can be and this would not be possible without the New Haven Reads and all of their supporters and volunteers.

I am sad that my time with this amazing program this summer was so short and that I will not be able to be with my students throughout the academic year. Having spent all this time with such great students has made me think of what my plans for years to come will be like. New Haven Reads is a place that fosters academic growth and exploration. In pursuing computer science, I hope to be able to come back to New Haven Reads and create a computer science club that would inspire kids to explore their interests and broaden their academic horizons. We’ll see what comes of it!

Every member of the New Haven community deserves an opportunity in life and that is the kind of idea that New Haven Reads is fostering. They are here for the students and the program staff is truly passionate about their success and the success of our community. Being part of such an amazing program and helping carry out their mission has been an amazing experience and I hope to experience it again. Thank you to all the supporters, but most importantly, thank you to the First Niagara Foundation, the welcoming staff and students for providing me with an unforgettable summer.

Thank you to the First Niagara Foundation in partnership with KeyBank for generously funding six college-age interns at New Haven Reads this summer.

Categories First Niagara Summer Internship, News & Events | Tags: | Posted on August 16, 2018

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