Knox College senior Martha Camargo wants Galesburg youth to know there is plenty to do in Galesburg. Her recently completed internship with the Knox County Area Project proves that.
For Camargo, participating in a variety of youth programs exposed her to a range of activities and ideas that shaped her college and career decisions.
A Spanish literature major with minors in business and sociology who played on the women’s basketball team at Knox, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Oregon in the fall. She also is a McNair Fellow at Knox through a federal mentoring program meant to increase the number of doctoral degrees obtained by underrepresented segments of society.
For the past few months, she has been helping a local non-profit agency research available youth programs in Knox County. As an intern with the Knox County Area Project, Camargo wanted to help make local youth aware of the programs in their communities.
“You hear there’s nothing to do here. I think that’s where KCAP comes in because we want to see what the perception is and what the reality is,” Camargo said.
Working with KCAP director Rhonda Brady, Camargo developed a 17-question survey and distributed it to local schools, churches, libraries and organizations who might offer youth programming. She then filled a thick binder with spreadsheets and graphs analyzing the 45 responses she received.