Having never lived in New York, moving to the city for the Summer Program was a bit of a whirlwind. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in a new city, a new job, a new environment. Everything in New York is so fast paced but it’s still important to take a step back and ground yourself during this once-in-a-lifetime experience. This is why the summer community service day has been one of my favorite experiences in the Summer Program.
Just before the Fourth of July, all Weil summer associates participated in a Weil-organized Free Arts Program. Free Arts NYC empowers underserved youth through art and mentoring programs to develop their creativity and confidence, and to build the skills necessary to succeed. After lunch, all Weil summer associates were paired with children from around the city who were excited to meet us and work on crafts for the afternoon. My buddy told me all about his friends and family and his plans to go to medical school so he can take care of his family when he’s older. All of the summers had an amazing time completing the art projects with their respective buddies and left the activity feeling recharged.
The Free Arts day was one of my favorite activities this summer because it was refreshing to take a step back from work and all of the amazing events that are part of the Summer Program and actually give back to the community. Planning events like Free Arts day is just one of many examples of how Weil gives back. Weil’s commitment to community service and pro bono is just one reason why I’m proud to be a Weil summer associate, and that’s why participating in Free Arts day was truly a “worthWeil” experience.