CIIP Blogs

2016 Week Six: Education

CALEB WARREN – THREAD How do you fire someone? These are words I wished I had typed into Google or asked people at my organization before I stepped into a meeting that I arranged last week. A high-school student working at a lab on the medical campus had been chronically late,…
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2016 Week Six: Food Access & The Environment

HANNAH FARKAS – BALTIMORE GREENSPACE Although the heat was sweltering this past week, I still enjoyed my time spent in the maze of plant beds and fruit trees that is Duncan Street Miracle Garden. I have been working here once a week since the start of my internship, under the guidance…
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2016 Week Six: Healthcare & Health Policy

VICTORIA CHEN – CHASE BREXTON This week was a whirlwind of packing, fanfares, and rainbows. Though this was my second year marching in the pride parade and tabling at the block party, the entire weekend was still such a fresh and eye opening experience. Seeing the enormous turnout of support…
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2016 Week Six: Homelessness & Poverty

KEENAN CASWELL – MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HUMAN SERVICES It’s hard to believe that only two weeks remain of my time as a member of the Homeless Services Program. The past six weeks have provided me with priceless learning experiences, eye-opening interactions with service providers and coworkers, and a platform to continue…
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2016 Week Six: Neighborhood Improvement

KAETLYN BERNAL – ST. FRANCIS NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER I knew this summer was going to be difficult, but I never expected to have my patience tested so much that tears would eventually flow out in the middle of work. Earlier this week I was left alone with my class as my co-teacher…
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2016 Week Six: Nonprofit Management

TARAH FITZGERALD – UNITED WORKERS When I was in 7th grade I got Lyme Disease. It took 6 months to find and as a result my mind wanders and my short term memory is nearly non-existent. Forgetting names and faces has been something that I have gotten used to. Memories…
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2016 Week Six: Youth & Family Wellness

CHIJIOKE ORANYE – PATTERSON PARK have 2 weeks left, I keep telling myself. How can I make the most of it? It’s weird, not only is it going to be 99 degrees this next 2 weeks, but I’m also moving from Baltimore to Baltimore county. I’ve never moved in my…
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2016 Week Five: Arts

KENNEDY MCDANIEL – EUBIE BLAKE CULTURAL CENTER I had another great week at the Eubie Blake Center! I applied for my first grant, which isn’t that exciting simply because I know I’ll be writing grant applications for the rest of my life. I procrastinated writing it for a while because…
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2016 Week Five: Criminal Justice

HANA CLEMENS – PUBLIC JUSTICE CENTER When I am out petitioning for an Affordable Housing Trust Fund in the Baltimore city budget, I usually get one of three responses. Either they completely ignore me (which doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would), they quickly sign and move on,…
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2016 Week Five: Education

CALEB WARREN – THREAD As the mountains of logistical paperwork tied to Youthworks have finally begun to disappear, Andrew and I are increasingly more and more able to actually do our jobs. Providing student support and enhancing their experiences at their worksites was what we had hoped we would be able…
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