The Fifth Year of Fellows

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!

Front row (from left to right): Semhal Gessesse (2015 Fellow), Kayla Madridejos (2016 Fellow), Albert Cohen Shaluha (2016 Fellow), Rachel Ben Heim (Board Member), Wally (Mascot), Ben Joson (2012 Fellow); Second Row: Daniela Quiroz (Chair of the Advisory Board), Clair Beltran (2013 Fellow), Rosy Tavares (2016 Fellow), Amanda Morales (2016 Fellow), Ellen Meyers, Sanda Balaban (Board Member); Last Row: Ellen Fried (Board Member), Ezra Lowrey (Program Manager), Christian Sanoguel (2014 Fellow)

Front row (from left to right): Semhal Gessesse (2015 Fellow), Kayla Madridejos (2016 Fellow), Albert Cohen Shaluha (2016 Fellow), Rachel Ben Haim (Board Member), Wally (Mascot), Ben Joson (2012 Fellow); Second Row: Daniela Quiroz (Chair of the Advisory Board), Clair Beltran (2013 Fellow), Rosy Tavares (2016 Fellow), Amanda Morales (2016 Fellow), Ellen Meyers (Hope’s Mom), Sanda Balaban (Board Member); Last Row: Ellen Fried (Board Member), Ezra Lowrey (Program Manager), Christian Sanoguel (2014 Fellow)

Social Justice workshop

Different aspects of privilege discussed in the workshop designed by Hope Reichbach Fund Alumni

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.

Didier Sylvain's workshop

Didier Sylvain’s workshop

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.

 

Pop-Up Art Show

For the first time, the Hope Fund will co-present a pop-up art gallery opening this March. The artworks, provided by Rice Polak Gallery in Provincetown, will be on display at Building on Bond in Boerum Hill March 16-27, with an Opening Reception on the 16th, 6-8pm, and a dance party on the 24th. Proceeds will benefit the Hope Fund as well as the Ellen Hermanson Foundation, helping breast cancer patients and their families cope with the changing nature of the physical and emotional aspects of breast cancer.
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