After seven weeks of intense competition, the winner of the YMCA Intern Challenge is announced.
Renee' Jalbert took the title and heard the coveted words, “you’re hired!” Presenting sponsor Rockford University hosted the competition finale with about 150 people in attendance.
Jalbert is going to be a Junior at Carthage College and is studying Biology with a minor in communications and public relations with a focus in pre-med. Her main goal is to be a hospital administrator. She receives a $1,500 college scholarship and a paid internship worth up to $5,000 with the organization of her choosing. Tim Nelligan came in second place and receives a $1,000 college scholarship. The third place $500 college scholarship went to Kelsey Powell.
The YMCA Intern Challenge started in 2012 as a way to approach mentorship and training of the younger generation in our community. This year there were 70 applicants, 15 were selected to participate in the challenge.
The interns have worked with BMO Harris Bank, YMCA Camping Services, Rockford IceHogs, Schmeling Contstuction and Goldie B. Floberg Center, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford Public Schools and Rockford University. They have created marketing plans, brand awareness campaigns, raised funds and more on a variety of topics geared towards each business’ needs.
“As presenting sponsor, we are very proud to support this year’s challenge and the YMCA of Rock River Valley,” said Rockford University President Eric W. Fulcomer, Ph.D. “The YMCA’s dedication and commitment to mentoring the next generation of leaders is a significant and vital contribution to the future of our community.”
In addition to their weekly challenges, as a group, the interns:
• Raised nearly $1,200 for the Goldie B. Floberg Center
• Sold over 800 ducks for the Rockford IceHogs and the Anything That Floats Race
• Renovated the YMCA Camp Winnebago food cart
• Raised $3,000 for YMCA Camp Winnebago
Since its inception, participants in the YMCA Intern Challenge have given more than 7,000 hours to local businesses and organizations and raised more than $19,000.
To learn more about the YMCA Intern Challenge, visit www.ymcainternchallenge.com
*Photo Caption From Left to Right:
Dr. Eric Fulcomer, Rockford University President
Renee' Jalbert, YMCA Intern Challenge Winner
Mike Brown, YMCA CEO & President