CIIP Blogs

2016 Week Two: Youth & Family Wellness

DARIUS THOMPSON – SHEPHERD’S CLINIC Every day brings new and wonderful surprises to the clinic. On Tuesday someone brought some spongy roll cake to the clinic to be shared. I had to make A LOT of phone calls in order to set patients up with appointments to meet with insurance counselors….
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2016 Week One: Arts

SIMON JACKSON FORGSBERG – JUBILEE ARTS “Hey OSCAR!” … “SAM!” … “ah fuck it… HEY WHITE GUY!” My stomach clenched as I steadily came to the realization that the man yelling behind me was trying to get my attention. As the only white guy on the 1800 block of Pennsylvania Avenue…
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2016 Week One: Criminal Justice

MATTHEW BROWN – BALTIMORE CITY HARM REDUCTION COALITION Having been a bit saddened by the fact that I could not work at the Needle Exchange this summer, I was excited to hear that there were still partners in Baltimore that conducted similar work to the Needle Exchange albeit in policy and…
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2016 Week One: Education

ANDREW JOHNSON – THREAD Coloring is probably the last thing I thought I would be doing on the first day of my internship. I hadn’t sat down and created a picture since grade school, but here I was sitting on a picnic table outside the office with a bunch of colleagues…
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2016 Week One: Food Access & the Environment

ANNA LINDSAY – BALTIMORE ORCHARD PROJECT A gorgeous Baltimore summer day, hands stained purple, arms becoming heavy as we tried to hold out the cloth tarp to catch every last mulberry, and… “oh, wait is that the harvesting pole still in the tree?” Of course I would be the one to…
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2016 Week One: Healthcare & Health Policy

VICTORIA CHEN – CHASE BREXTON With a wide smile plastered on my face, I strode nervously into Chase Brexton’s glossy, marble lobby. Despite this being my second year in the program, it’s still equally as nerve-wracking to walk into a new workplace with hundreds of unfamiliar faces. As I reflect…
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2016 Week One: Homelessness & Poverty

KEENAN CASWELL – MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HUMAN SERVICES The morning of June 13th began much earlier than what I had grown accustomed to during the past semester and the couple of weeks of “summer vacation”, much earlier. Although I had spent time the weekend before planning to wake up to…
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2016 Week One: Neighborhood Improvement

CELINE SHANOSKY – STRONG CITY BALTIMORE “The day is as beautiful as we prayed for it to be,” says Ms. Lottie, smiling broadly into a crowd of community members. A drummer taps out a short roll of agreement on his instrument, and the light breeze catches her orange and silver…
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2016 Week One: Nonprofit Management

DIKSHANT MALLA – IMPACT HUB My first week has been awesome. On my first day I attended the opening of the Foundry near Port Covington and got to hear political figures like Elijah Cummings speak about the importance of manufacturing in Baltimore. I also had a chance to sit in…
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2016 Week One: Youth & Family Wellness

AISA MORENO-MEGUI – MARTHA’S PLACE “This city ain’t shit. RIP Freddy Grey,” a black man yelled at us as we stared at Billie Holiday’s silent but belting note painted on the walls that house the Arch Social Club, the longest standing Black men’s club in Baltimore. We must have looked like…
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