PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUTH
Senior human resource management major Sonia Blount is a young woman passionate about children. In September 2012, she founded a Saturday after noon enrichment program for children at Amos Recreation Center (16th and Berks streets), which grew out of a dance class she taught there. Since then, roughly 15 children, ages 5-12, have shown up every Saturday to Amos, where they engage in physical exercise, participate in cooking classes and work on arts projects. There is an emphasis in the program on teaching children how to treat their bodies well by exercising and eating healthy.
“My mom actually had a daycare for 18 years, and she provides housing for women and children in transition,” Sonia said. “That probably triggered my passion and compassion for children.”
She has worked on and off since she was 16 years old, for the nonprofit Foundations Inc.’s expanded learning program, Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology. Currently, she works there as program facilitator, which means she trains 25 high school students on professional development and job readiness, provides afterschool homework help and tutoring, and prepares a monthly curriculum emphasizing personal and professional development. She has also worked with youth through AmeriCorps and Bridgeway.
While at Temple, she has interned at NHS Services, served as a member of Society for Human Resource Management and joined the Future Business Leaders of America’s campus chapter, Phi Beta Lambda.
After she graduates at the end of the summer, she hopes to obtain a full-time job at a nonprofit where she can provide job training. She is also working on a business plan for Youth for Change, which she hopes to register as a nonprofit, and to begin serving teens through the organization starting in September. –Rosella Eleanor LaFevre
Name: Sonia Blount
Major: Human Resource Management
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Personal motto: Frederick Douglass’ “If there is no struggle, there is no progress”
How to spot you on campus: Look for the girl smiling and talking to everyone
Morning ritual: Thank God for another day and then fix a hearty breakfast and listen to KYW
My friends think I’m: A leader, sociable, outgoing, bossy, honest, dependable, funny and supportive
On your mind: The number of days before graduation
Favorite Philly spot: Wherever good music and positive people can be found is where you would find me
Food truck craving: The fruit truck across the street from Alter. Their smoothies are amazing!
Good reads: Mis-education of the Negro, Major in Success, Write a Business Plan in No Time, Campus CEO, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Think and Grow Rich
Can’t miss TV: I’m a movie kind of girl
Best class ever: HRM Co-Op 3581 I had the opportunity to receive internship experience and get college credits
Most treasured possession: The pictures I have collected over the years of my family, friends, etc. the memories are intangible especially those of the people that have passed away.
Greatest fear: To exist without fulfilling my passion
Post-graduation plans: Continuing to develop my youth development organization Youth for Change and continuing to network with influential people.
Your Fox Star: I have so many. Professors Crystal Harold, Kate Nelson, Steven Pyser, Andrea Lopez and Katie Gerst. All these professors have been influential in my professional and personal deployment and I sincerely thank them for their positive impact.
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