The Season of Giving is back! For the past few years, we have been using our show and the unique platform it provides to help various charitable causes. In 2016, we started raising funds for the Derek and Romaine Internship program. With the help of a very generous start grant and in partnership with the Ali Forney Center and the NY LGBT Center we have been able to offer several homeless LGBT youth a paid internship. We love these interns! Not only do they truly appreciate the opportunity to learn more about LGBT media but they are so grateful for the chance to increase their professional work place skill set. Since the launch of our internship program we have grown as a company and established the DNR Studios. Our interns now have the opportunity to work on a variety of shows so we have renamed the program the DNR Studios Internship. In addition, we have expanded the program to include technology students from the City College of NY. That’s where we got our amazing Arafat!
Interns on Derek and Romaine are put through the ringer with the many tasks that we ask them to learn. They are engaged in virtually every aspect of the show from helping to produce guest segments to editing shows. Each intern has a unique set of skills and we attempt to train to the intern’s strengths. We can’t imagine the show without these young people piping up in the background and pushing us to teach them more. This year we built Studio B our in house video studio. This new studio allows our interns to learn another aspect of broadcast media on state of the art equipment.
Already one of our former interns has joined us working part time at DNR Studios as a board op on the Taylor Strecker Show, I Love My Wife podcast and Adam Sank Show podcast and behind the scenes working on our upcoming app. We hope even more of our former interns will join us here or at other media companies in the future. But no matter what field they end up finding a career in, these paid interns gain valuable experience putting together a resume, navigating an office environment and building confidence to help transition them from homelessness to independence.
Of course none of this could be possible without the help of our incredible listening audience. So how can you help? We have been able to make our paid internship program a reality but we still need to raise additional funds to continue the program. We are thrilled that with the help of the NYC LGBT Center we are able to accept tax-deductible donations. The money you donate will go directly to fund the Derek and Romaine Internship Program. This is your chance to not only help Derek and Romaine, but to help change the lives of the next generation of LGBT youth.
How much should you give? Whatever you feel comfortable with. You could make a single one-time donation or a recurring monthly donation (a very popular option). Everyone who donates $50 or more will get a signed holiday card from Derek and Romaine as our way of saying thanks! When you make a donation to the Derek and Romaine Internship Program you are making an investment in the future of LGBT media and don’t forget to ask your employer if they will make a matching donation.
Please be a Derek and Romaine angel and join us in this Season of Giving by making your DONATION today.