Linda Maryam Millan is an AIC Senior finishing her Civic Engagement Internship this semester at the Center for Changing Lives (CCL) in Chicago. CCL is a Financial Opportunity Center. It offers financially focused services to individuals and families who may be currently experiencing homelessness, housing or financial hardship, or in need of self improvement goals in any of those areas. CCL works with clients through financial, employment, and resource development to advance the skills and capacities needed to achieve their life’s vision. Linda works as an Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator using her project and program management talents and bilingual skills in Spanish and English for new member orientation and for managing volunteers on the Chicago Connect program (a free Internet plan for qualifying Chicago Public School families). As part of her internship, she has already worked on process improvements to the new member intake process. CCL is unique in its approach. It believes that everybody is resourceful, creative and whole. The coaches are there for support and to provide tools for members to self-actualize and achieve their personal goals.
“I want to uplift Linda Maryam Millan, who is extremely thoughtful, diligent, and brings her passion for community service, as a non-profit employee, to her study of Sociology, always seeking practical applications for her theoretical knowledge.” -Dr. Shabana Mir