This past Sunday August 14th our 2016 Fellows graduated from our Summer program. Congratulations to Amanda, Rosibel, Rachel, and Kayla. Immediately following the ceremony we gathered around the corner on Bond and Dean to unveil the street naming of Hope Reichbach Way. Thank you to everyone that attended.
As part of our summer programming we gathered for an evening of insightful conversation with some amazing artists from a diverse group of organizations. What a night!
Pictured left to right: Elvira Clayton (The Laundromat Project), Kayla Madridejos (2016 Fellow), Rachel Zhao (2016 Fellow), Rosibel Tavares (2016 Fellow), Amanda Morales (2016 Fellow), Ellen Meyers (Hopes mom, Hope Reichbach Fund), Ezra Lowrey (Program Manager, Hope Reichbach Fund), Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill (Groundswell), Ayesha Williams (The Laundromat Project), Caron Atlas (Arts & Democracy), Daniela Quiroz (Advisory Board Chair, Hope Reichbach Fund)
On a day when Pride flags hung from NY City Hall, activists lined the steps to advocate for better public education, and the Council gathered to finalize the 2016 budget, the Hope Fund Fellows met with Council Member Steve Levin and his staff to learn more about the inner workings of policy making in NYC.
The day began with a tour led by the Council Member’s staff focussing on the history of the building and the work that goes on there. The Fellows were able to learn more about what goes on in the typical day at a Council Member’s office, from interacting with lobbyists to fielding phone calls from constituents.
Sitting in on the Council meeting to pass the budget gave the Fellows insight into the process of decision-making at the city level. Also since several of the budget items involved money apportioned to not-for-profits and other social services, the Fellows had a direct connection and context for the proceedings through their internships. It will be interesting to follow how they incorporate this new understanding of city politics into their work both this summer and beyond!
Last weekend we had our fifth annual Orientation to kick off the summer of Fellowships in honor of Hope’s memory. It was a full day of introductions, thought-provoking workshops, and preparations for each of the five Fellows to make the most of their 10-week internships at outstanding non-Profits in Brooklyn. Read on for some highlights from the day!
Fellows from each of our five years were at the event. The alumni from four previous years of the Fellowship came together to lead a workshop of Social Justice, where they asked each of us to dissect the different areas in which we feel we have or do not have privilege.
We enjoyed a very thought provoking workshop by Didier Sylvain, who asked us to write about and discuss where we feel our passions and our skills intersect. It was inspiring and intention-setting for both the Fellows and the friends and family of Hope who were present.
We are thrilled to see the work our Fellows will do this summer! Albert Cohen Shaluha will be doing outreach with Bushwick community members impacted by HIV/AIDS and drug addiction at La Nueva Esperanza. Rosy Tavares will be pushing for environmental justice at the intergenerational and community-based Sunset Park organization UPROSE. Brooklyn Community Services will be hosting one of our Fellows, Kayla Madridejos, again this year to support their 150th year of community involvement in Brooklyn. Rachel Zhao will be engaging with young artist-activists at Girl Be Heard. And finally, Amanda Morales will be helping provide legal advocacy and alternatives to incarceration for youth at Brooklyn Defender Services. We are eager to see the impact these young leaders have and the way these Fellowships will influence their trajectory.
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Thank you to everyone that attended the fourth annual Run/Walk for Hope. We had a great time on a beautiful day. Enjoy the pictures below of the event.