parents can’t care for their kids all the time. So it helps
when they get a little direction from outside the family.”
the quiet, reassuring presence of Henry Okwo will go a long way
towards solving the tensions between nations. He grew up in England,
his family is from Nigeria, and he’s seen a good part of the world
in his travels. All this experience will be valuable when he enters
the profession he’s dreamed about since he was a kid.
really like to be a diplomat in Europe or the U.S.,” he says.
“My uncle is an ambassador from Nigeria, and so I’ve
always wanted to be an arbitrator between governments.” Henry
is transferring to Berkeley where he will major in International
Relations before moving on to law school. But this summer he’s
gained valuable experience in the art of diplomacy on the campus
of Audubon Junior High School where he’s served in
the SMC Summer Internship Program.
As a campus
monitor Henry has stepped into the lives of many kids in need
of a strong role model. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of
the kids on campus and I hope I’ve been an example to some
of them,” says Henry. “Kids can go either way at that
junior high age,” he adds. “So it’s essential to
catch them then and give them some real direction in their lives.”
one young boy in particular. “He was a kid who nobody could
control, who was just getting reported to the office every day.
So I gave him a little talking to and he really straightened out.
Sometimes, just a few of the right words,” says Henry, “are
all that they need to hear to help them find their own way.”