His internship in 2009 with the non-profit Save Our Children of Elyria only fueled that fire. Save Our Children of Elyria is geared to the mentoring of children academically as well as socially to assist them in succeeding in elementary school, high school and preparation for college and/or a career. During his internship he assisted with overseeing the administrative details of this organization during a transition to a new director as well as providing training and mentoring of the Teen Youth Group. He also developed experiential programming for the younger children to inspire them and fuel their interest in ongoing school learning and success.
Since participating in LLCIP, Orlando continues his passion of mentoring children through his volunteering at Save Our Children. He also donates his time with special projects at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County and is a member of the non-profit group 100 Men of Lorain County.
An Elyria High School alum, Orlando also graduated from the College of Wooster in 2010 with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. He considered law school, but decided to come back to Elyria to be with his family and received a great opportunity to work at Invacare. He has been a manager at Invacare for the last two years and he looks forward to continuing to move forward with them. His future goals include his political aspirations within the City of Elyria.
Orlando strongly believes that the internship program has so much to offer Lorain County’s college students who participate. He looks forward to participating as a mentor to future LLCIP interns. Through his “hands-on” work experience he was exposed to career options in Lorain County as well as increased leadership skills and the development of lasting relationships with other students. He states, “Leadership Lorain County Internship Program brings out the best in students and it brought out the best in me.”