Friday — July 16, 2021

Introducing: Lily Clarke, Intern Advocate

by: Lily Clarke

Hello, my name is Lily Clarke and I’m the new advocate intern on the CCVAP team. I’m employed here for 6 weeks through a program by the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. I am an enrolled member of the Cahuilla tribe and partake in traditional bird dancing. When I’m not working you can find me in bed with a good book, thrift shopping with my mother, or helping my dad with our cows. I am a newly high school graduate and am taking a gap year before continuing school to receive my degree in surgical technology. I’m very excited to be able to learn from all the intelligent women at CCVAP. I consider myself very lucky to be given this opportunity, even if it’s just for a short time. I hope that this experience will help to grow my confidence outside of school. Even though I graduated with honors, I question myself a lot about my capabilities. I often feel like I am not perspicuous enough for the “real world.” My hopes are that my involvement with this program will show me that I am capable of success outside the classroom. I am very glad and grateful to be here.