Meet Mia Seltman, one of our kind and thoughtful DC area high school volunteers, who this year took on the additional role of first ever ACEing Autism intern!
During her winter and spring semesters, Mia worked on court with athletes at both our Southeast and Northwest, DC locations. At the same time, Mia took photos of class activities and interviewed parents to create content for our social media pages; planned a fundraiser to help provide program scholarships to families in need; and, represented ACEing Autism at a community outreach/resource fair where she spoke with attendees about the need for inclusion of all children in athletics and the unique benefits of our @aceingautism curriculum. Mia’s work not only earned her course credit to fulfill high school graduation requirements, but also a college scholarship for students who have demonstrated a commitment to the public good.
We asked Mia to describe what she took away from the experience and where it might take her in the future:“As an on-court volunteer, I loved seeing the tennis progression and development of the kids throughout the session and building a personal connection with them. As an intern, I enjoyed seeing the business side of the program, such as advertising the organization through social media and fundraising. Through both of my roles at ACEing Autism I now have a better understanding of the great, positive impact it has on participants and families.”
“In college I plan to major in Psychology and minor in Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University — where I want to volunteer with the New Orleans ACEing Autism program run on my campus’ courts. I also hope to find a similar internship where I can further develop my interests and my passion for creating change through non-profits like ACEing Autism.”
Please join us in congratulating and thanking Mia. We are proud of you and wish you the very best for an amazing summer and freshman year!