Name: Darrah Jones
Role: Political Affairs Intern
Location: East Bay, Calif.
What got you interested in global issues?
From a very young age, my adamant, passionate mother passed on a very invested interest in global issues to me. She taught me to use my resources and access to knowledge as a means to improve the situations of individuals who were born with less. She taught me how offering resources to those who don’t have them only serves to improve the entire global situation. There are many misconceptions born from the reality of poverty, which need to be rectified. I believe in positive change. I’m sure that it is possible and I want to spend my life and use what I have available to me, to better the world.
What do you find most exciting about starting as a Political Affairs Intern?
I am extremely excited about the notion of creating positive change by fighting global poverty through political activism. I have big plans to create a Borgen Project movement on my college campus. There are a lot of students who wonder what they can do about global poverty, while in their own difficult financial situations, often drowning in student loans. I can’t wait to teach them the efficacy of activism. With advocacy, you can serve millions of people without donating a single dime. I believe that educating young adults on the efficacy of advocacy is highly necessary and I can’t wait to get started!
Give us some insight on you!
I was born and raised in the East Bay, near San Francisco. I am currently a senior at Southern Utah University. I’m studying political science and international relations, as well as French. I work at Sunrise Academy, a residential treatment center girls between the ages of 13 and 17 attend in order to work on behavioral issues, addictions and disorders. I love working closely with the girls, and the job is hugely rewarding. I also work at IG Winery, one of Utah’s few wineries! In my spare time I love to climb, repel and hike as well as relax and read. I’m not quite sure what the future will hold for me, but I know that I want the focus of my life to be bettering the global community.
– Whitney Garrett