Hello all! My name is Sydney Goodbody and I am extremely excited to be joining the team at i-ACT as a new Project Intern. I am a junior at Mira Costa High School, an athlete in both cross-country and track, and a member of the Model UN team. Belonging to several teams has made me a team player and has molded me into the person I am today. I am constantly surrounded by people with similar interests who understand and accept me for who I am, through my athletics and debate I have made friends that will last a lifetime. I belong to a family of five with my parents and two brothers one older, one younger. The older is enduring his second year of college at the Air Force Academy, and the younger is an 8th grader at Hermosa Valley School. My family has been and will continue to be my rock and I feel blessed to be able to grow up with the solid foundation that they provide for me.
I found out about the organization through a presentation given to my Model UN class at Mira Costa and the message relayed through the presentation really resonated with me. I feel that with so much violence and displacement resulting from instability, we see the international community responding by throwing monetary aid at refugees and others in need. i-ACT’s programs are different, focusing on the morale of people and working to increase their confidence and infuse hope and normalcy into their lives. Throughout my Model UN career I have debated the topic of refugees numerous times and I would hear over and over how we must provide these people with monetary aid so they can reestablish themselves economically. Constantly I have heard people focus on the monetary aspect of the crisis, and seldom that these people are hurting and they have undergone an obscene amount of trauma. I look forward to working with i-ACT so that I can make an impact on people in a valuable way.