November 22, 2017
We are excited to introduce you to one of the most crucial employees on Ground Up's team, Cynthia. Cynthia started working to us through IRCO's SummerWorks program, which helps to create employment opportunity for disadvantaged youth.
Cynthia was a huge asset to our team. She not only mastered our new labeling machine with ease, but she keeps our kitchen operations organized and running smoothly.
With Cynthia's broad skill set and contribution to the team this summer, you would never know she is only a senior in high school! We sat down to interview Cynthia as she reflected on her 4-month internship with Ground Up.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Cynthia. I have 4 siblings and am originally from California. I like to spend time with my family, as well as go to the park and cook for family. I love baking + cooking.
Favorite Ground Up flavor + favorite way to enjoy Ground Up?
Chunky Almond, Cashew + Coconut! I like eating it with apples or bananas, or I'll have it on toast for breakfast.
What brought you to Ground Up PDX?
IRCO's Summerworks employment training program. I wanted to learn more about a small business and how it worked, the process, because I want to start my own small business someday. It was actually my first time trying nut butter and I was excited to try and experience it!
What have you learned most while working with us?
- How to make a product from start to finish. (Packaged, labeled and sold)
- Experience in sales/ selling. Something I’ve been trying to pay more attention to. Learning to interact with customers. Telling them about the product/ having more dialogue or interaction with customers helps to sell the product, vs. just saying “would you like to sample?”
What are you most proud of so far in your employment at Ground Up?
- Learning to be less awkward and more confident in interacting and talking to people.
- Seeing the product at stores. I can say: “I helped make this." and that’s pretty cool!
- Being a part of a good, mission-conscious company.
What do you hope to do after Ground Up?
Finish high school, then I'd like to go to a 4-year college. I'm not 100% sure what I want to major in, but I know I want to start my own business someday!