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Teens joining the world: Building for Future
Flowery Branch High School senior works with Habitat for Humanity
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Sarah Hoover folds pamphlets for Habitat for Humanity. - photo by CHARLES OLSEN

Every day teens across Hall County get a glimpse of the real world during internships conducted through part of the Honors Mentorship program. Sarah Hoover is one of those typical students.

And she is eyeing one particular prize: gaining experience for the job she one day hopes to have.

“My dream job is to be the brand manager at Disney,” Hoover said.

The Flowery Branch High School senior has had an interest in marketing since eighth grade and takes marketing classes at her high school. She plans to major in the same subject at college.

To gain some real-world experience, the 17-year-old chose to participate in a mentorship at Habitat for Humanity. She helps with the marketing aspect of the nonprofit housing organization that strives to reduce substandard housing.

“I utilize all of our social media accounts to promote our upcoming events and share the items we have available in the store,” Hoover said.

The Habitat Restore at 2287 Browns Bridge Road sells furniture, building materials and appliances.

“Most of what I do is make advertising materials and distribute those,” Hoover said. “My biggest project coming up is the Battle of the Builders at Mule Camp.”

In Battle of the Builders, which Hoover is responsible for promoting, five Hall County high schools' construction classes build a playhouse. Those structures then are raffled off and raise money for Habitat in the process.

Even though she doesn’t help with constructing the homes, Hoover sees the progress of the housing developments.

“While I’m at an office desk a lot of the time, I get to go to build sites,” Hoover said. “Nobody really knows about the resource side of Habitat for Humanity, so that’s my job, to show people that.”

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization founded on Christian values, an aspect that assured Hoover it is where she wanted to intern.

“It’s very important to me,” she said. “I currently attend Grace Baptist Church, and I didn’t want to work somewhere that didn’t care about that.”

Hoover recommends this internship to future HMP participates, especially those interested in marketing.

“This has just really helped me know that marketing is definitely what I want to go into,” Hoover said. “Habitat is just really a fun atmosphere. No one day in the office is the same.”

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