Psychology Student Uses Internship to Give Back to the Community

Ajasha Long, a senior psychology student in the Department of Education and Psychology, recently organized a major charity event for the Natchez Children's Home in Natchez, Mississippi.

As a requirement of the psychology program at Alcorn State University, students must complete an eighty-four hour internship placement in the community performing psychology related activities. While working this spring at the internship, she decided to give back more than was required of her by organizing an event through the restaurant Ruby Tuesdays in Natchez, Mississippi.

As a part of the event, Ms. Long encouraged people to dine at the local restaurant on March 28 and 29, 2015 in support of this cause. A portion of the proceeds from sales on these two days went to the Natchez Children's Home.

"The Natchez Children's Home Services is a non profit organization whose mission is to intervene in the lives of children and families facing a crisis. They operate completely off government funding, grants, and donations. As the intern for the organization, I wanted to do something to help fulfill some of the needs of the Children's Home. There is always something that can be done, this was just a small token of my appreciation to the Children's Home," shared Ajasha Long.

Through her persistence, Ms. Long was able to help generate over eight hundred dollars during this fundraiser.

"I am extremely proud of Ms. Long and her efforts to using her education to give back to the community", shared Dr. LaShawn Thompson, assistant professor of psychology.

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