Baltimore Squashwise

2018 Week 6: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY The impact of a community school coordinator goes beyond a school. In fact, a community school coordinator shapes polices in government; grants in a community; and partnerships with community organizations. Throughout the summer I have learned the interpersonal dynamics between a school, neighboring communities,…
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2018 Week 5: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY This week was a week filled with teamwork, leadership, and learning! From Tuesday through Thursday, I attended the Community School Coordinator Summer Institute 2018 at Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School. This 3-day conference gave me the wonderful opportunity to meet many community school coordinators across…
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2018 Week 4: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY Week 4 has been largely a self-reflecting week. When I think back to the goals I had in week one, I am proud to say I accomplished many of them and found new goals to achieve within a matter of four weeks. In the…
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2018 Week 3: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY The sun was beaming on the grassy field as the wind blew the wispy hair of the trees. Leaves danced along the hot cement floor, giggling with joy and wonder. As I stood on a small hill, I look out towards the field, where…
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2018 Week 2: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY As the elementary and middle school year was ending, I had the chance to meet bright students, enthusiastic faculty and staff, and continue working on our projects. This week, I finished a critical step of the project: categorizing reasons of students’ long periods of…
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2018 Week 1: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY First week of work can summed into one word: creative. During my first week, I had to use a lot of creativity to make products that would aid in our summer project- letters to parents/families; informative pamphlets; brainstorming data organization; and coming up with…
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2018 Orientation: Education

SMITHA MAHESH | CHILD FIRST AUTHORITY Wow! Time flew so quick but orientation was jammed packed with fun and exciting experiences! The highlight of orientation would be facing my fears and challenges, meeting new people and befriending the CIIP community, and learning more about myself in regards to my values…
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2017 Week Six: Youth & Family Wellness

KAETLYN BERNAL | STRONG CITY BALTIMORE, BARCLAY Last week you heard a little bit about my experience in preparing for the Women’s Empowerment Conference and how difficult that was. Although I had a hard time last week, I took the weekend to rejuvenate and do something relaxing so that i…
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2017 Week Five: Youth & Family Wellness

MARIANA RINCON CAICEDO | BALTIMORE SQUASHWISE I am not an American citizen. And for a long time, I’ve hidden behind that identity as a way to excuse my ignorance of certain aspects of American culture that I’ve not been exposed to, as I was raised in another country. This week,…
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2017 Week Four: Youth & Family Wellness

KAETLYN BERNAL | STRONG CITY BALTIMORE, BARCLAY Every summer we have a community cookout with two communities that surround Barclay. This was a big task as most of the work seemed to fall on the community leaders in Barclay as we are the most organized leadership team of the three…
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