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Meet Social Work Intern, Tiearra!

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As a 2nd-year Master of Social Work student at Howard University, Tiearra Caldwell understands that drive paired with support can make a world of difference in the lives of young families. After pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Tiearra served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps VISTA working with children and families at a non-profit in Washington, D.C. She has since worked as a live-in residential counselor at a group home for teenage girls, followed by completing a field placement at Anacostia High School as a school social work intern. Tiearra finds great joy in empowering teens and adolescents to live self-determined lives in which they can feel more prepared to positively impact both themselves and their loved ones. She believes that every day is an opportunity for a new beginning and education plays a key role one’s ability to ensure that new beginnings have the best outcomes possible. Tiearra is ecstatic to be a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and an overall source of support to the Scholars of Generation Hope. When not working with Scholars, Tiearra can be found out enjoying the weather with her dog, Pork Chop, reading up on social justice issues, and turning group study sessions into opportunities to share amazing food!

Tiearra's favorite quote: "It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us." —Marianne Williamson

This quote resonates because it speaks to how stepping outside of the norm may be uncomfortable, but more rewarding than ever. It gives Tiearra a positive outlook on each and every person’s potential for success and it inspires her to pursue whatever it is that she desires in her soul, as it may bring new light to the world.

Meet Program Coordinator, Courtney Weber!

Hi everyone! My name is Courtney and I couldn't be more excited to join the Generation Hope family.

I am a true Midwesterner, having grown up just outside of Chicago and attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I majored in Anthropology and Spanish, and spent a lot of time learning about evolution, culture, and the Spanish subjunctive. When I wasn't in class, you could find me in an orchestra rehearsal for the Michigan Pops, cooking a huge meal for my 40 member housing cooperative, or advising incoming freshman at my campus job. 

After graduating, I moved around a bit before landing in Washington D.C. In California, I worked with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps to provide legal services to people experiencing homelessness. After JVC, I moved to España in order to work as a high school teacher and improve my Spanish with the Fulbright program. Most recently, I was working to fight rural poverty through federal farm policy. 

I see this role at Generation Hope as a beautiful mix of my passions for education, poverty alleviation, and women's empowerment. A few other (less important things) that I love include: new vegetarian recipes, dogs, Spotify dance playlists, super dark chocolate (85%!), and anything by my favorite author, Cheryl Strayed. I truly can't wait to get to know all of our Scholars and Sponsors, and am excited to jump into my new role at Generation Hope! 

Meet our Summer Program Intern, Helei!

My name is Helei Gomariz, and I am so excited to be spending my summer in Washington D.C. and working as an intern for Generation Hope. I have spent my high school, and  two years (so far) of college in Tallahassee Florida, where I completed the IB program. I am currently a junior at Florida State University studying International Affairs, Political Science, and the Middle East. What inspired me to pursue an internship at Generation Hope is my high school experience. I attended a large, predominantly low-income high school with a small subsection of those who were enrolled in the IB program. Teen pregnancy was a common occurrence in the school, along with physical violence and sexual harassment. These students came from families without a college education and did not expect to be able to obtain one. Generation Hope works to change the stigmas associated with teen pregnancy and prove that, with the power of an inspirational and comprehensive support system, a college degree is obtainable to those who have experienced exceptional hardships.

Happy #NationalVolunteerMonth!

"Hope Stroll" Planning Committee member, Alex Stanton (second from the right), and a group of volunteers working hard the day of the Stroll!

"Hope Stroll" Planning Committee member, Alex Stanton (second from the right), and a group of volunteers working hard the day of the Stroll!

Meet “Hope Stroll” Planning Committee ALLSTAR, Alex Stanton!

Alex found out about Generation Hope through her work on a grant review committee at the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region. Generation Hope was one of the nonprofits that stuck out to her during this review, “The mission and rapid success inspired me, so I joined the planning committee for the annual “Hope Stroll” in order to do my part to empower the ambitious Scholars. I was excited to play a small role in building a community of support for people who need it most and often lack it.” Alex loves hearing the stories of the Generation Hope Scholars who didn’t listen to those telling them they couldn’t do something and instead believed in themselves and had enough confidence to find resources like Generation Hope to help them achieve their dreams. Alex sees Generation Hope as a “…source of light for people who feel like they have no options but want to improve their situation for themselves and their child(ren). The Scholars come from a variety of backgrounds, but everyone can use a network like Generation Hope for encouragement, support, and connections with others who are going through a similar experience. I think this empowers them to make it through whatever obstacles stand in their way.” 

Interested in helping to plan next year's "Hope Stroll"?! We'd love to have you! For more info: Development and Events Manager, Jesseca Myers, jesseca@supportgenerationhope.org.

Interested in volunteering with Generation Hope? We'd love to have you! For more info: Program Coordinator, Silvana Rueda, silvana@supportgenerationhope.org.

Meet our Urban Alliance Intern, Chelsea!

Hi! My name is Chelsea Campbelle. I am currently a high school senior at Friendship Collegiate Academy.  I am also an Urban Alliance intern who will be working alongside the beautiful ladies of Generation Hope through the summer.

I am very excited  to learn the process behind working with a non-profit organization, especially one that is so invested in motivating and supporting a group of scholars that the world was ready to knock down and throw to the wayside. I believe that working at Generation Hope will not only  open my eyes to the business side and underlying work that nonprofits do, but it will also help me to better myself as a human being and give me a new perspective on what the world looks like for some people.

 

 

Chelsea (right) with another Generation Hope intern, Britney, at our 2017 "Hope Stroll"!

Chelsea (right) with another Generation Hope intern, Britney, at our 2017 "Hope Stroll"!