My introduction to Crossroads Fund was through the Lisa Fittko internship program. I was lucky to have the opportunity to use and grow my skills in a wholesome way through people that cultivate hope.
When I think about Lisa’s legacy and her friends that created this opportunity, I can’t help but get inspired to continue to seed hope throughout my lifetime. Lisa was fearless and faced the wrath of fascism by running away from the Gestapo and escorting refugees on a tortuous path over the Pyrenees mountains so they could seek safety when Hitler’s Nazi empire was taking over Europe. I am still learning to cultivate hope and eventually will be able to seed it.
My internship at Crossroads Fund, I would say, has been unusual and honestly quite a journey. At the start, it all seemed to be going well. We were planning for our annual benefit Seeds of Change 2020 when the COVID19 pandemic began to spread in the United States, slapping the whole world still. My project at Crossroads Fund was to document how our grantees responded to the inequities that surfaced from the pandemic through photography and video. Amid a pandemic and global uprisings for racial justice after the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, I have grown to understand the importance of relationships building that is strengthened when we choose to trust one another. What comes after trust is the power of organizing with people that care about you and others. When a country fails to look out for you, looking out for one another becomes a priority. All this to say, in the words of Miriame Kaba, "Everything worthwhile is done with others."
My internship experience has been transformative, and for that, I thank everyone, especially the friends of Lisa Fittko, who have made this opportunity possible. - Alexis Sanchez Boyzo