On August 14th, Aurora recognized the accomplishments of its most recent student veteran to complete an Aurora Internship. Antoine Hines, a Navy veteran who interned at the City of Chesapeake’s Bureau of Community Programs, was all smiles as he stepped forward to present a summary of accomplishments attained during his eight-week internship. An avid networker, he brought together many disparate organizations to focus on social issues such as homelessness and the important role of fathers in the community.
Hines helped lead the HUD Father’s Day Initiative throughout the State of Virginia. He engaged community organizations, religious affiliates, and others to help fathers become more involved in the lives of their children. His efforts helped Virginia become the most active state to participate in this Initiative.
Additionally, he worked with multiple faith-based organizations and community groups throughout the City of Chesapeake to increase awareness around the homeless. His efforts have been directly attributed to finding shelter for many who are homeless. It is clear that Hines is passionate about connecting people to the right resources, and this internship was a chance for him to connect those in need with the organizations with resources to help.
To help celebrate the end of his internship, he invited representatives from each of the organizations that supported his programs to attend the reception. He wanted them not just to celebrate with him, but also to network with each other so that they each gained a better understanding of who offers what to the community.
Ms. Mary Riley (pictured above), an Administrator in the City’s offices who worked directly with Hines, spoke very highly of his work, and shared a letter from the Deputy City Manager, Dr. Wanda Barnard-Bailey. The letter praised Antione’s record of community service and the great effort he displayed while working for the City.
Aurora’s Founder and President, Tom DeWitt, presented a certificate of completion to Hines, noting that all of his accomplishments would have translated into several medals in the military. Adding a personal touch to the event was his young daughter, Kenya, whom he introduced as his inspiration and motivation. They work side by side, with signs designating “Kenya’s desk” and “My daddy’s desk.” The internship from Aurora is a key step toward to his goals of obtaining a degree in Health and Human Services from Old Dominion University and working for an organization that connects the community with its constituents.
The opportunities Aurora finds for student vets continue to grow as our internship program evolves. We have placed student veterans in positions at financial institutions, law firms, government contractors, congressional offices, and government agencies. To learn how you can apply for an internship or sponsor one of our student veterans, please contact Ellen Hembree, Internship Coordinator at Ellen.Hembree@Aurora4vets.org.