By Peaceful Means

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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2019 Week 1: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

TURQUOISE BAKER | WAVERLY MAIN STREET Having completed my first week of work at Waverly Main Street (WMS), I can safely say that my “first week butterflies” have dissipated. I now have a slight morning routine: I walk for about 15 minutes to the office turn on the lights and…
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2019 Orientation: Neighborhood Improvement/Community Organizing

JANAYA BROWN | FRANCISCAN CENTER This has been one of the most memorable weeks that I have had during my college experience. Despite the challenges, I have gained a better understanding of what I hope to glean from this summer both personally and interpersonally. After peer mentor orientation, my nerves…
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2018 Week 6: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK In the sixth week of my time at STAR TRACK, I spent most of my time researching different information to help my fellow coworkers with planning their events, as well as for the clients that they are directly serving. Luckily, thanks to the brochure that…
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2018 Week 5: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Being a member of the very community I am serving through STAR TRACK, I have always felt that I the work I do does not exist in a vacuum; rather, I hold to the strong conviction in the things that I here make a deep…
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2018 Week 4: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Most of the week was spent completing some miscellaneous tasks around the office, including hot sex kit and button making. On Wednesday, however, I had the opportunity to co-present with my supervisor, Kurt, on gender identity and sexual orientation with some young folks from the…
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2018 Week 3: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK As Wednesday was National HIV Testing Day, STAR TRACK sent two teams to a couple of testing sites to offer free rapid HIV testing. I was a part of the team that got sent to the Walgreens in Highlandtown. Due to the greater number of…
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2018 Week 2: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK In the week after Pride, the office was definitely in a state of recovery. Having done so many events and programming, many of my fellow co-workers took some much needed R & R. However, as I had only joined the team in the week of…
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2018 Week 1: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK After a truly full week of events and programming at Star Track, I find myself physically exhausted and yet happily contented with the work that I have done. Specifically, the Gayme Night, Kiki Ball, and Pride parade all left me awe-inspired with regard to these…
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2018 Orientation: Youth and Family Wellness

AUBREY ROLAND | STAR TRACK Upon entering the Great Hall of Levering, I found myself questioning my decision to do a summer internship: “An entire week of training?!”, I thought to myself, “I’m not gonna make it”. It should be noted that I am not someone who enjoys orientations. Having…
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