Written by Liza Begum
How did you hear about SSDP?
I first heard about SSDP from Global Kids. I had applied to the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and was selected, so my journey of selecting where I wanted to spend the summer began. Sabrina, an SYEP coordinator for Global Kids, recommended SSDP to me, an organization that she was involved in during her years in college. I began to look into the organization some more and was confident that this would be a great way to spend my summer.
Why did you want to get involved?
I wanted to get involved with a non-profit organization that simultaneously advocated yet educated students such as myself. SSDP fit these criteria, and as a result, I became drawn into becoming involved with the organization. SSDP also neither condemns nor condones drug use, a unique perspective that has created effective change.
What are some of the things you have planned or want to plan for this internship?
I have planned on expanding and improving my communication and teamwork skills this year through this internship. Additionally, I plan on networking with individuals to build relationships and make connections.
Any challenges experienced in the internship so far?
Since it has only been 4 days, I have not experienced anything immensely difficult in this internship so far.
What is the most rewarding part?
The most rewarding aspect of being involved with an organization such as SSDP is the fact that it is composed of committed individuals who are dedicated towards creating a global impact in drug policy.
What is your vision for your involvement in SSDP and the drug policy reform movement? What are you hoping to see 4 or 5 years out?
From a long-term perspective, I can confidently say that the drug policy reform movement will flourish with the involvement of SSDP. In 4 to 5 years, I hope to see that SSDP has gained more recognition in the international community and their works recognized.