CIIP Blogs

2019 Week 4: Healthcare/Health Policy

REAH VASILAKOPOULOUS | BALTIMORE HARM REDUCTION COALITION Having worked with BHRC for two (amazing and beautiful) summers puts me in a great position to compare my goals between each experience. By the end of my first summer, I was hoping I would be fully naloxone trained, serve as an effective…
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2019 Week 4: Environment & Food Access

ADINA JAHAN | NO BOUNDARIES COALITION I feel as if my goals have definitely changed since the beginning of the summer. When you start an internship, you really have no idea what it will be like until you dive head first into it. It feels like once you finally have…
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2019 Week 4: Family Wellness & Services

EILLEN MARTINEZ | ESPERANZA CENTER At the start of the summer some of my goals were to learn most roles in the clinic, to learn how we could amplify community voices, make new relationships with other folks at Esperanza and in the community. I am now able to hold my…
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2019 Week 4: Community Arts Programs

NIKKI GARCIA | LIBERTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL This past week was a short one. I only came in for a full, scheduled, day of work on Monday and Tuesday at Liberty Elementary. The YouthWorkers started on Monday, July 1st. It was a busy and confusing morning because our roster didn’t exactly…
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2019 Week 4: Policy/Law/Government

GRACE REN | MARTHA’S PLACE Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to be part of an in-person, potential resident interview: this is the second intake step at Martha’s Place. After a brief informational phone call, potential residents will come for an interview with the program director (my supervisor), our…
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2019 Week 4: Nonprofit Management

SARAH KIM | IMPACT HUB For work on Monday, I played with Legos. I was at Fast Forward U for Impact Hub Baltimore’s annual retreat with my supervisor Michelle Geiss and her team: Michelle Antoinette Nelson, Pres Adams, Joe Tynes, and Alanah Davis. The team holds these retreats to celebrate…
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2019 Week 4: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JACOB TOOK | MADE IN BALTIMORE In my goal sheet, I identified a handful of personal goals to focus on this summer — build connections with Baltimore community members, gauge community perception of Hopkins, and understanding how nonprofits both uphold and subvert destructive capitalism. I did write this before starting…
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Week 3: Environment & Food Access

TEAGAN KIM | BLACK CHURCH FOOD SECURITY NETWORK An inspiring person I met at this placement this week was Ms. Yvonne Gunn. She’s the gardening coordinator at St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church. St. Mark’s Institutional Baptist Church is a church that is part of the Black Church Food Security Network….
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Week 3: Nonprofit Management & Development

LYLE CARRERA | FREESTATE JUSTICE I grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada, as the child of a single immigrant mother from the Philippines. When she wasn’t breaking boundaries in the burgeoning yet male-dominated internet industry, she was putting everything she had into raising a child that she…
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Week 3: Family Wellness & Services

CHARLIE NGUYEN | EPISCOPAL REFUGEE & IMMIGRANT CENTER ALLIANCE The idea of “making a difference” is abstract, and it’s something that’s been on my mind since the beginning of this placement. What makes the “Impact” part of the Community Impact Internships Program? And with a broad, national issue like refugee…
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