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Meet our Scholar Program Coordinator, Naya!

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Greetings all! My name is Naya Patterson and I am so excited to join Generation Hope as a Scholar Program Coordinator! I share the values of Generation Hope and believe in the importance of this work. My mother was a teen parent, as she had me just three months after her high school graduation and three months after her 18th birthday. Although neither of my parents earned a Bachelor’s degree, they married and raised me in a household that prioritized education and valued family. I am a recent Master of Public Policy graduate of the University of Maryland with a specialization in Education Policy. I am also a proud graduate of Saint Augustine’s University (Raleigh, NC) with a  Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Because of my parents and the opportunities I’ve had as a result of higher education, I am excited to use my passion for equity in education and the well-being of families to uplift our Scholars toward success. I am looking forward to this new journey with you all and am glad to be a part of the Generation Hope family!

Meet our Family Planning Coordinator, Sophie!

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Hi! My name is Sophie and I am a new Family Planning Coordinator at Generation Hope. After earning my degree in psychology at College of Wooster, I served a one-year AmeriCorps term at a high school for pregnant and parenting students. The term allowed me to realize the opportunities education allows and how underrepresented youth parents are in our education system. I am so excited to have the opportunity to join Generation Hope in empowering young parents.

I am excited to keep supporting young parents as they earn their education! In my free time, I enjoy cooking, hiking, and searching for the best coffee in D.C.

Meet our Operations Intern Marc!

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Hi, my name is Marc Charbonier and I’m super excited to be the Operations Intern this summer. I’m a rising junior at William & Mary, majoring in Sociology. I’m in love with the earth and the hearts of the people on it. My favorite things in the world are the golden hour before sunset, my friends’ couches, and laughing until I cry. At college, I’m a part of an organization dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness in Williamsburg and I’ve taken lots of courses related to social issues and community engagement. Long term, I would love to dedicate my life to the pursuit of social justice, because I see justice as love in action. I feel super lucky to be a part of the Generation Hope team because I’m continually in awe of how important and impactful its work is. Also, in joining this team, I’ve doubled the number of veggie-eating, Camino-walking, earthy crunchy people on it, as well as raised the number of guys in the office to an unprecedented high.

Welcome Intern Sidney!

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Sidney is currently a student at the College of William and Mary studying both Psychology and Government. She loves people and is passionate about seeing them succeed. Interning at Generation Hope has provided her the opportunity to work with people in her community and watch them grow. She especially enjoys childcare and working with the Scholars adorable children. When not working she enjoys volunteer work, rugby and hiking new places with her dog.

Welcome Intern Natalie

My name is Natalie Arthur and I am so excited to join Generation Hope for the Spring 2018 semester as the Program Intern! I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles called the San Fernando Valley where I have lived my whole life. I studied at Los Angeles Pierce College before transferring to California State University Northridge where I am currently a junior majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. After graduation I plan on getting my teaching credential in elementary education. Some of my hobbies include going to the movies, playing Settlers of Catan, traveling and spending time with my family and friends. I wanted to intern at Generation Hope because I thought it would be an amazing opportunity to give back to the community as well as give me experience working with families and children.