Hi everyone, my name is Kisanet Woldeyohannes and I had the amazing pleasure of serving as the Fall 2020 communications intern at L.A.C.E.S. I am proud to have worked with an organization that stands to empower and enrich the lives of children and communities globally as well as here in Washington DC.
Starting with L.A.C.E.S.
After graduating from Cal State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, I decided to pack my bags and bring my skills and dreams across the country to the DC metropolitan area. My hope was to gain communications experience within a non-profit whose values align with mine. As you could imagine, I didn’t factor the pandemic occurring so most of my plans changed. I wanted to help make an impact on my new community, but I didn’t know where to start. Then I found L.A.C.E.S.! The best decision I made was filling out that application.
My parents immigrated to America in the ’80s as refugees of the Eritrean-Ethiopian war and I truly understand how wars can hurt a country and its people. After learning L.A.C.E.S. was created after the civil war in Liberia with the aim of providing structure and hope for child soldiers through the universal language of sports, I was impressed and excited to bring my skills in communications and love of helping others to the organization.
What I was looking forward to:
With non-profits such as L.A.C.E.S., funding is an essential factor. With help from donors, this organization can serve even more children. That’s why I was super excited to be a part of not just one, but multiple campaigns and events to spread awareness about L.A.C.E.S. impact on children around the world and help raise funds for this amazing organization to continue its mission.
What I loved most:
In reflection of my time working with L.A.C.E.S. staff, I feel that the experiences and connections I made were invaluable. My main role as the communications intern was to share L.A.C.E.S. impact across the globe through social media, and newsletter. Working on the “Behind the Scenes” Virtual Fundraiser Campaign gave me a unique look at the work, people, and dedication that goes into providing L.A.C.E.S life-changing programs. I hope you enjoyed learning about all the aspects of L.A.C.E.S. as much as I did. Be sure to continue keeping tabs on what’s to come!