No. 5, Noah Karras, Intern for Chicago CRED
A junior from Lake Forest, Illinois, Noah Karras is hard at work in Chicago this summer.
“This summer, I’m working as an Intern for Chicago CRED. CRED is an acronym for ‘creating real economic destiny.’ It was started by Arne Duncan as an organization to combat the staggering gun violence going on in the city of Chicago, funded by the philanthropic organization Emerson Collective in California, begun by Lauren Powell Jobs, Steve Job’s widow.
Chicago CRED is currently working with After School Matters, a non-profit organization that provides life-changing after-school and summer program opportunities to more than 15,000 Chicago high school teens each year. There is a program in place which I’m a part of called Peacemakers, designed to teach teens how to promote peace in their community. Peacemakers is led by both instructors and interns like myself, and helps participants learn a basic set of teammate and communication skills, to better achieve their goals of peace.”
“I really love being able to work with these teens, not just mentoring them in a specific topic, but also hopefully having a positive impact on their lives as a whole. I also deeply care about the city of Chicago and the people that live in it, so this is a perfect way to try and give back to both.”
“On top of working with CRED, I also lifeguard on the weekends. I’m the head lifeguard at the pool I work at, so I’m counted on being in top condition. This, along with playing in a men’s summer basketball league, is helping me physically prepare for next season. The league also allows me to play against college guys, ultimately letting me keep up with the pace and level of competition we will be facing in 2017-18.”