This July, CREATE is a host organization for the Summer RISE program. Summer RISE is an initiative led by the Montgomery County Public Schools’ (MCPS) Partnerships Unit in collaboration with local businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. The purpose is to provide high school juniors and seniors with a career-based learning opportunity to learn more about an industry of interest and career field options. RISE stands for Reimagining an Innovative Student Experience.

Keep reading to learn more about our RISE students in their own words.

My name is Tiffany. I’m currently a rising senior attending Walter Johnson High School who is volunteering with CREATE in Silver Spring, a nonprofit art center keen on bringing art into the lives of anyone and everyone.

I’m volunteering through the Summer RISE program because I want to broaden my knowledge of the arts and gain experience through an internship. Some interests I have besides art include computer programming, video games, creative writing, and cosmetology. These hobbies tune into career paths I’m interested in pursuing in the future which include video game artist, and makeup artist. I am currently in the process of getting my cosmetology license so I can start one of the two careers I’m interested in.

I have no pets but I have a younger sister who enjoys art as well. Some types of art that I enjoy include digital art, charcoal, and rough sketches with pencil. Growing up, I attended an art school in Rockville so I have experience with all forms of media.

During my time at CREATE, I hope to accomplish many things, including: gaining experience in leadership skills as well as working with others; taking care of kids and expanding my knowledge in art of all types. I lost my spark for art over the years due to the never-ending stress from school, and I hope to slowly but surely gain it back during this month’s internship.

If I could take a trip anywhere in the world, I’d definitely go to Japan. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, not only to see my aunt who teaches English to school children there, but to get into the fashion and anime culture that occupies the region. Japanese Fashion is beautiful whether it’s Traditional Cultural, Street Wear, Lolita, Tech Wear. I enjoy seeing the different styles and I’d love to go on a shopping spree to switch up my all black monochrome wardrobe. The anime culture in Japan is grand, and they have lots of cool things like themed cafes, shops where you can buy figures, arcades, and many other awesome things that I’d love to visit in the future.