Hi my name is Makela Elvy. I am 22 years old and a native New Yorker who ventured out and got a Bachelor’s degree in environmental geoscience. I am passionate about environmental and social justice issues and I am serving with Project Renewal during my service year with Public Allies. At Project Renewal I am assisting with the curriculum development of a new job training program, the Next Step Internship program, which helps participants gain practical experience as they pursue careers in homeless services. This placement has deepened my understanding of social justice, systematic disadvantages and their root causes. It has also challenged me to think about ways we can better equip our clients to recognize and address these issues in their day-to-day lives. After the completion of this program, I hope to continue my education and pursue a Master’s degree in Public Health.