Emilia Hinckley, Community Engagement Internship

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Civic House is My House: Meet Emilia Hinckley!

Civic House: Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Hi, my name is Emilia and I am a rising junior in the College studying International Relations from Bolton, CT. This summer I am an intern at Public Citizens for Children and Youth through Civic House's Community Engagement Internship program. On campus, I am a member of Penn Dance Company and Zeta Tau Alpha, and volunteered with the Workers Defense Project in Austin, TX this past spring through Alternate Spring Break.

CH: What work or issues does Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) focus on? What has your role as an intern been so far?

PCCY works on four main issues related to the well-being of children; early childhood education, K-12 education, health, and poverty. PCCY works to better the lives of children in Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. I have been working in the early childhood department on issues at both the local and state level. A major goal is to see the implementation of universal Pre-K in the state so I have been working to implement policies towards that goal. I have also been helping to create our annual reports on each of our five counties. The small community at PCCY has allowed me to take on many roles in the office.

CH: What first sparked your interest in community service and social justice?

Ever since coming to Penn I've been really interested in social justice, specifically related to education policy. Seeing the inequality that exists in this community has made me more interested in how to prevent the inequality rather than trying to fix it once it is already in place. From what I have seen I truly believe education is the way to allow all people to have a better chance at success in the future. So that is why I have been interested in finding ways to make a quality education accessible to all people.

CH: What has been a highlight of your Community Engagement Internship experience thus far?

I have truly loved all the experiences I have had at my internship. But one of the biggest highlights was when the Soda Tax passed in Philadelphia. It was so exciting to see all of our hard work pay off and to achieve something that will actually make a difference in the city. Another highlight has been our trips to Harrisburg. I've never been to the capitol before and it is great getting to see new parts of Pennsylvania.