CIIP Blogs

2022 Week 4: Government/Policy

Kerim Bali | Office of Councilmember Mark Conway This week was an especially interesting one because we held our first official Community Day. A Community Day involves the Councilman and us traveling across the district and visiting constituents who have previously called in with issues. We were met by a…
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2022 Week 4: Family Wellness

Fatima Elzamzami | Franciscan Center One of my goals this summer was to learn more about homelessness in the city and what sorts of systemic barriers contribute to it. Before I started work at the Franciscan Center, I had a minimal understanding of this topic. However, with every conversation I’ve…
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2022 Week 4: Environment, Sustainability & Community Health

Angelica Brooks | Farm Alliance of Baltimore My goals for the summer have definitely changed, although it is nuanced. My initial goals involved building a sense of community and fostering deeper connections through outreach. This goal is still important to me, as community cohesion is necessary for the success of…
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2022 Week 4: Arts

Liesel Arauz Vallecillo | Art With A Heart I think I’m fairly on track for my summer goals of exploring the city although I could do a bit more. There’s still a number of places that I haven’t really checked out as much because I’ve mostly been focusing on places…
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2022 Week 3: Arts

Liesel Arauz Vallecillo | Art With A Heart My internship is about anything but routine and it’s about to change completely starting this next week. Next week I will be off-site working at Cecil Kirk Recreation Center and St. Francis Neighborhood Center. Both are placements that are labeled by my…
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2022 Week 3: Environment, Sustainability & Community Health

Angelica Brooks | Farm Alliance of Baltimore It is challenging to describe a typical day at work with my placement because you never know what a new day will bring. Last week, due to COVID concerns, the staff and I worked from home. However, every Friday, I visit the BBUFA…
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2022 Week 3: Family Wellness

Kobi Khong | Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise (ROAR) Center This week I continued with my community-centered work with the Rebuild, Overcome, and Rise Center contacting and soliciting feedback on how the center can improve their services and ways that they did excel. Some of my calls went to voicemail, some…
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2022 Week 3: Government/Policy

Kerim Bali | Office of Councilmember Mark Conway A typical day of work at my placement depends on what office we are working from. Councilman Conway has an office in City Hall and a separate office space in his district. On days that we are at City Hall, the focus…
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2022 Week 3: Healthcare

Fatima Baloul | Shepherd’s Clinic In a knitted blanket, each knot and fabric that intricately intertwines with the rest is so significant in order to create a beautiful piece. The most enjoyable aspect of my time at Shepherd’s Clinic, beyond the patients, has been the sense of community with the…
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2022 Week 3: Neighborhood/Community Organizing

Aiman Altaf | 29th St Community Center Highlight of the week: summer camp started up! I’ll be working with the PreK/K students twice a week and it has been great so far. The kids have such open hearts, love chatting, and are just such a joy to be around. When…
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