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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Learning 4 Life @ RIC



Name of Organization: LEARNING 4 LIFE: http://www.ric.edu/learningforlife/Pages/default.aspx
Address: 600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908 / Lower Level of Library
Description of the overall mission of this organization: Learning for Life, a collaboration of the College Crusade, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, College Visions, and Rhode Island College, is a multi-faceted community and college partnership. Learning for Life (L4L) links students to a wide range of services, supports, and opportunities that fortify them for college success and remove any challenges and obstacles that may prevent education from remaining a priority in their lives.

Ages of youth served: College Age and Adult Learners
Name of Mentor: Joise Garzon   jgarzon@ric.edu

Hours worked: 6-10 hours per week, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday/  3-6 hours per day

Description of your role and duties: A navigator is responsible for peer-to-peer mentorship with undergraduates and provide many resources for them. L4L is a holistic learning environment and promote students being the focus of interest. Weekly documentation of contact with scholars is required (email and face-to-face). Setting appointments and providing supports is the main goal in this internship.

Description of the culture of the place (how many people in the office, dress code, communication style). The culture in this internship is very welcoming and provides a diverse population to the environment. Many staff and participants are from underrepresented groups and their main focus are the students. There are three networks that help support a variety of student needs, as well as project opportunities that are presented monthly within the work space. You are introduced to many faces and people coming into the space since it is shared with  couple other departments. This aspect builds a tighter community.
The majority of the navigators are graduate students and they all provide a lot of support. The L4L Community is organized through networks of support, led by Educational Support Facilitators (ESF) who serve as the central point of contact for students served by the project as well as the Navigators. Ed Facilitators, as we call them, also coordinate project objectives including outreach to students, the development of marketing materials, communications, and collaborative initiatives. Clinical oversight for the Navigators is provided through a faculty member of the School of Social Work. Each week you meet with your Lead Navigato each week, then bi-weekly with your mentor, and then once a month meeting with your network mentor. Basically, this internship provides  a lot of support for students and an amazing way to learn and grow professionally and personally.  
The dress code is business casual. A lot of the communication is through emails with your supervisor and scholars. Notifications and alerts will occur through email. Some contact  with scholars have the option to be by text or phone conversations also. 
Additional Requirements: Graduate student or completed over 90 credits. Full week of training over summer, Mandatory Bi-weekly Friday Staff meetings, & scholar meeting location accommodations.
Special notes on process of getting this internship: Keep close communication with mentors. Stay dedicated to work and complete all documentation! Enjoy what you do!
Other internship opportunities with this organization: Advocating for youth!!! You have the ability/option to create your own project and create awareness. There are many resources that allow this aspect to occur and individuals that are willing to support you. This internship is what you make of it and must be taken seriously.   
What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
#oncampusinternship #RICcommunitysupports #DiversityandAdvocating
Peer-to-peer mentoring, hands-on, leadership opportunities, and paid through work-study

Your name: Leidy James
Your cohort: 5
Your email address if others can contact you: ljames_9174@email.ric.edu &  leidynt16@gmail.com



Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities

Name of Organization: (Include hyperlink) Sherlock Center
Address: 600 Mt Pleasant Ave, Providence, RI 02908
Description of the overall mission of this organization:The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities, founded at Rhode Island College in 1993, is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). UCEDDs are evidence driven and designed to advance policies, practices and research that improve the health, education, social and economic well-being of people with disabilities, their families, and their communities.
The mission of the Sherlock Center is to promote membership of individuals with disabilities in school, work and the community.
 
The Sherlock Center is a member of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), a national network of 67 interdisciplinary centers advancing policy and practice for and with individuals with developmental and other disabilities, their families and communities. The Sherlock Center is also a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities) Program.

Ages of youth served: birth to death
Name of Mentor: Deb Arenberg and Allyson Durkin
Hours worked: (number, days, times) Monday-Thursday, 10 am- 6pm
Description of your role and duties:
I am a mentor that works with students with intellectual disabilities ages 18-30. I provide academic, employment, and social support to students. I am also the lead mentor for free period overseeing 9 students and 10 mentors. Behind the scenes I am consistently sending emails to students and parents.
Description of the culture of the place
There are two supervisors, 14 mentors, and 1 intern. There is no dress code for this position. We all mainly communicate to each other on a private facebook page, and via email.
Additional Requirements:
I am required to travel off-site to student's internship. The main site is RIC, however I also travel to another part of Providence and Lincoln three days during the week.
Special notes on process of getting this internship: This internship is also my job. I asked my boss if they would be okay with me internship under them, and they were all for it.
What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
sports, preschool, DCYF, teenagers, administrative, trauma, mentoring, hands-on, art, science, afterschool, dance, curriculum, library, school, leadership, paid,
Your name: Arianna Drummy
Your cohort: May 2018
Your email address if others can contact you: adrummy_4065@email.ric.edu


Monday, April 9, 2018

YMCA of Greater Providence


Name of Organization: YMCA of Greater Providence http://www.ymcagreaterprovidence.org/
Pleasant View Elementary school
Address: 640 Broad St. Providence, RI 02907 / 50 Obadiah Brown Rd, Providence, RI 02909
Description of the overall mission of this organization: The mission of the YMCA of Greater Providence is to build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, through programs, services, and relationships that are based upon our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.
Ages of youth served: 5-11
Name of Mentor: Maridalia Gomez
Hours worked: Tuesdays and Fridays, 11:00-6:00
Description of your role and duties: 11-1 lesson planning, writing schedules for the day, staff meeting. 1-6 hands on with the youth. I created lesson plans on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Description of the culture of the place: I work with five people in the school. I wore a provided YMCA shirt and yoga pants that were not tight. We communicated by using a group message.
Special notes on process of getting this internship: interview and an all day training.
What three TAGS would you use to label this internship? Hands-on, afterschool, half paid & half unpaid

Your name: Kristen Hoyle
Your cohort: 5



Youth Development



Name of Organization: Youth Development
Address: 800 Mount Pleasant Ave Providence, RI
Description of the overall mission of this organization: Leading with youth to make a better world. Develop personal and professional tools to engage with youth in their communities.
Ages of youth served: College students
Name of Mentor: Rachael Clemons
Hours worked: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00- 12:30
Description of your role and duties: Event planning for accepted students day, networking fair, and pinning ceremony. Shadowed Rachael to meet with organizations in the community.
Description of the culture of the place In the office it was myself and Rachael, dress code in the office was casual but for meetings and events professional casual, our communication included meeting one on one at least once weekly to discuss previous weeks work and upcoming weeks work.
Additional Requirements: We traveled to meetings in the community regarding internships for next year and for the networking fair.
Special notes on process of getting this internship: After deciding it was best for my experience and education to leave Tides Family Services, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn under Rachael Clemons with direction that grew my skills to work with youth in their communities.
Other internship opportunities with this organization:

What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
administrative, mentoring, event planning   

Your name: Samantha Ballou
Your cohort: 5
Your email address if others can contact you: ssalisbury0072@gmail.com

Youth Advocate Program


Youth Advocate Program
1910 Smith Street, Providence, RI, 02908
Description of the overall mission of this organization:
Our mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement.
Ages of youth served: Middle and High school
Name of Mentor: Andrew Kirkman
Hours worked: Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-6:30
Description of your role and duties: (include administrative or hands-on or both)
Advocates help implement the individual service plan that is developed with each family. Available 24/7, Advocates provide services at times and locations when they are most needed, allowing for highly individualized and effective intervention. During their assigned hours—up to 30 hours per week—advocates provide intensive supervision, mentoring, coaching, brokering and modeling through purposeful individual, family and, at times, group activities.
Advocates help youth and families meet their obligations to judges, probation officers, case managers and other referring entities, thus avoiding further penetration into the system. Advocacy services also include assistance with part-time employment, constructive use of leisure time, community service and connections with appropriate community resources. Advocates help young people and families expand their horizons and inspire them to set and achieve new goals.

Description of the culture of the place (how many people in the office, dress code, communication style)
There is usually the director in the office along with the two assistant directors.  Any advocate along with their client is allowed in the office at any time.
Special notes on process of getting this internship:
This internship is also a job position.  There is an interview required along with multiple trainings once you receive the position.

What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
DCYF, teenagers, wrap around, one on one, individual work.

Your name: Ashley Izzi
Your cohort: 5
Your email address if others can contact you: ashleyizzi1967@gmail.com

Youth Advocate Programs INC.

Name of Organization: Youth Advocate Programs INC. http://www.yapinc.org/
Address: 1910 Smith Street, North Providence RI 02911
Description of the overall mission of this organization: "Our mission is to provide individuals who are, have been or may be subject to compulsory care with the opportunity to develop, contribute and be valued as assets so that communities have safe, proven effective and economical alternatives to institutional placement."
Ages of youth served: Middle School and High School
Name of Mentor: Andrew Kirkman
Hours worked: 180 hours, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm (days have varied based on individuals schedules made with clients)
Description of your role and duties: I am a Youth Advocate. Advocates help implement the individual service plan that is developed with each family. We provide services at times and locations when they are most needed, allowing for highly individualized and effective intervention. During assigned hours, advocates provide intensive supervision, mentoring, coaching, brokering and modeling through purposeful individual, family and, at times, group activities.
Advocates help youth and families meet their obligations to judges, probation officers, case managers and other referring entities, thus avoiding further penetration into the system. Advocacy services also include assistance with part-time employment, constructive use of leisure time, community service and connections with appropriate community resources. Advocates help young people and families expand their horizons and inspire them to set and achieve new goals.
Description of the culture of the place: There are not many people in the office and the supervisors all have different schedules so they pop in an out. But if they are all in the office, there is one Executive Director, two supervisors, and a receptionist. The dress code is very casual, comfortable, and practical- jeans, t-shirt, and sneakers suffice. Typically if there is anything you need to discuss about client, you would refer to your supervisor. However, you can talk to the Executive Director about any issues or questions as well. If lead staff are in the office, it is very easy to approach them- otherwise they are open to text and phone calls.
What three TAGS would you use to label this internship? DCYF, teenagers, mentoring, hands-on,
Your name: Elyse Varone
Your cohort: 5
Your email address if others can contact you: eavarone@gmail.com


The Farmhouse Preschool


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Where: The Farmhouse Preschool   

Address:  2320 Plainfield Pike, Johnston RI
Description of the overall mission of this organization: "Our mission is to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment, which allows children to acquire a higher level of thinking through self and environmental exploration. As a childcare facility, we meet the diverse needs of each individual child. Our curriculum encourages and incorporates family and community involvement. We build the foundation for successful development in all areas of social, emotional, physical and cognitive learning".
Ages of youth served: 6 weeks to 6 years
Name of Mentor: Nicole Houlihan (Director)
Hours worked: Around my school schedule, we are open from 7am-6pm I always worked monday- thursday 8:45-4:30
Description of your role and duties: My role was hands on, I worked in the toddler classroom, ages 18 months to 3 years.  I would also help out in the preschool rooms when needed. Daily activities include making lunches, potty training/ diaper changes.  Following the implanted curriculum. I also helped to make monthly lesson plans that were used in the classroom. Throughout the month we also have ceramics and kidsbus come to the site which get the children involved in the community. It should be mentioned that we also have donkeys, goats and bunnies on site. I also went over 500 hours in my time here.
Description of the culture of the place: In the office there are two people in charge, Nicole and Katie who is the education coordinator. We do have owners but I never met them during my whole internship as they primarily reside at the sister school.  For dress, I could wear what I wanted as long as it was appropriate, I.E. the fingertip rule for shorts and skirts. And shirts had to have 2 fingers. Basically, make sure if a child pulls on your outfit, you are still covered.  We communicate via Text, if there is ever a snow delay, I also did not work Fridays so I would have a staff member text me the weekly schedule.
Additional Requirements: To work in child care one must complete 20 hours of professional development. This was not an issue as our YDEV classes count.
Special notes on process of getting this internship:  Call! (401) 432-7776 As there is no website, links to apply for a job, it is best to call Farmhouse and speak to Nicole.
Other internship opportunities with this organization:  You could potentially work in any classroom to get your feel for what age group you enjoy working with.

What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
Preschool,    hands-on, paid

Your name:  Haley Fera
Your cohort:  5
Your email address if others can contact you:  haleyfera@gmail.com

Ymca Kent County

Name of Organization: YMCA Kent County
Address: 900 Centerville Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Description of the overall mission of   this organization: The mission of the YMCA Kent County is, "The mission of the YMCA of Greater Providence is to build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all, through programs, services, and relationships that are based upon our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility."
Ages of youth served: 3 years old - 14   years old
Name of Mentor: Bianca Silvestri
Hours worked:  Monday- Thursday mornings 6:45- 9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2- 6 p.m.
Description of your role and duties: At YMCA Kent County I was a School age leader at a few different sites. I supported my site leader by helping out with different centers and club. Which I ran some of the clubs like reading or scrabble. Also, we provide them with a snack and with helping them with homework. Also, I did the morning care which means that I look after them in the morning and we play gym games or different activities before school starts
Description of the culture of the place: There isn't really a cultural difference that I can tell right now.
Additional Requirements: none
Special notes on the process of getting this internship: Email the supervisor and keep
Other internship opportunities with this organization: none

What three TAGS would you use to label this internship?
hands-on, clubs, Before and Aftercare
Your name: Emily Twitchell
Your cohort: cohort 5

Youth Build


Name of Organization: Youth Build
Address: 66 Chaffee St, Providence, RI 02909
Description of the overall mission of this organization: Our mission is to provide young people with opportunities for positive life choices and experiences, and to help them become mentally and morally empowered to accept responsibility for themselves, their families and their communities.
Ages of youth served:14-17
Name of Mentor: Joanne Debrah
Hours worked: Tuesday- 9-3pm
Description of your role and duties:  Worked in classroom observing different learning styles, participated in reading group. Get free time between their testing to do assignments.
Description of the culture of the place: Two different groups of students about 30 in each group, one week on construction another group in classrooms. Mixer of different races and even about of boys and girls. The dress code in the school is regular attire and on construction site is boots, jeans, and black Youthbuild shirts.
Additional Requirements: Students get transported to construction site, but have to get to YouthBuild school on their own.
Special notes on process of getting this internship: Internship in the Youth Development major helped me.
Other internship opportunities with this organization:

What three TAGS would you use to label this internship? Mentoring, School, and different style of learning.

Your name: Jessica Brotka
Your cohort: 5
Your email address if others can contact you: Jessicabrotka1987@gmail.com