BACKGROUND We live in a time where the drive for professional growth is given more importance than fostering personal strength and character. This viewpoint is deeply ingrained into our culture and choices and as a result we often get lost in the noise and it can be challenging to understand what defines us and how we can apply ourselves to serve a higher purpose – a goal greater than ourselves. The community project and professional placement are designed to offer our interns a practical opportunity to cultivate self awareness and personal growth. By addressing real-life challenges that will require integrity, courage and conviction, our interns develop valuable skills while building the capacity of community organisations to serve and meet changing needs. CIP firmly believes that young people want to contribute more time, energy and thought to society and provided with the right opportunities, they will offer the drive and leadership to meet both current and future needs. We want to invest in the capacity of both the individuals and the community.