#CCIIntern: Bailey Thompson
Tell us a little more about yourself. What are you studying/did you study in college and what do you want to use that degree and experience to do in the future?
I am a marketing major at Kennesaw State University with a specialty in social media marketing. After I graduate, I want to be a social media specialist. In the long run, I want to own a marketing firm that has a strong holding in the community because of the pro-bono non-profit work the firm does in the local area. As for on-campus involvement, I am a part of Model UN and a service honors society. In my free time, I love to hike, go to local restaurants, and explore Atlanta.
What is the source of inspiration for the work you do?
My mother worked in non-profit the majority of my life and my father always had a service-orientated personality, whether he was at work or in the community. One of the things my parents instilled in me at a very early age is the importance of leaving a positive impact in the world and helping others. Social media is a great way to do this because it crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, allowing people to be able to be informed on local issues no matter where they are in life. Being able to distribute content that is inspiring and informative can help anyone along their journey to being more aware and active in their community.
How did you get to where you are today?
That’s a good question. I care about making a change in the community I live in, whether it’s through being involved on-campus or working with a non-profit as my first internship. Also, I have a drive and commitment that allow me to try my best in the endeavors I pursue.
What brought you to the center?
What caught my eye is the story of how the center began. There was a real story of a member of the Atlanta community giving up a large part of his life to go into supporting civic endeavors that can help so many lives. This story resonated with me and made me want to work with CCI.
Life at CCI
I am currently working on a social media campaign to promote knowledge about the Atlanta election process and facts about elected positions. Additionally, the objective of the campaign is to increase voter participation for the upcoming Atlanta elections.
What's one thing you learned about civic impact during your internship?
Civic impact can spring from so many different ideas. One can be about promoting local artists, like A3C does through their music conference. Another way can be through helping people understand how to plant their own food and have sustainable local gardens, like Carver’s Produce. These two ideas don't necessarily seem to connect, but they do because they all affect the daily lives and opportunities afforded to people of all ages in the Atlanta area.
What has been your experience interning at the center? Name some highlights of your time here.
On my first day at the Center for Civic Innovation, it was the executive director, Rohit’s, birthday. The happiness team went all out to show him how much they cared. That really solidified how close-knit the CCI was to me from then. I also enjoyed creating content like graphics and volunteering events with the CCI. Volunteering has shown me so many sides to Atlanta that I have never seen before.
How do you hope to drive impact in the future?
I love being a part of the community, and I will continue to support local causes through volunteering my time. Once I achieve my goal of owning a marketing firm, I want to increase my impact in the community through pro bono work with new entrepreneurs who have a civic mind and desire to make their community a better place.
What advice do you have for future CCI interns?
Make the most out of the volunteer events and projects afforded to you. There are so many opportunities for you to meet amazing people and have great experiences that you may not have otherwise by working with the CCI.
How has your internship made you think about the role you and others have in the community?
I have started to redefine what I think my role is as a community member and others as well. It’s incredible the work that I have seen happen at CCI when you add just one volunteer, which made me think about that same concept for a community. If everyone just contributed a few hours a month to a designated cause in their community, how remarkable would the change in the Greater Atlanta area be? At that point, I made a promise to myself to stay involved in my community, no matter how busy I was or what was going on because to make a change every minute of time someone devotes to a cause helps.
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