Raven Reece

APEX Fellowship | Raven Reece

October 30, 2020   /  

Majors: Spanish, Early Childhood Education
Class Year: 2022
Faculty Mentor: Brooke Krause

Wilson Award

As a Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP) intern and a Rural and Migrant Ministries intern, I facilitated online meetings, assisted in creating a scholarship program, and studied the causes, consequences and meanings of poverty in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Raven Reece will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 3:30pm – 5:30pm.

7 thoughts on “APEX Fellowship | Raven Reece”

  1. Hi Raven,

    It sounds like the opening conference provided a great start to your project because it gave important context about the complexity of poverty: I was so glad to hear about the value our partnership with Shepherd is offering. I was wondering what specific aspects of your studies in Spanish you found most helpful?

    1. Hi Ms. Lisa,
      Thank you for this thoughtful question! I really had to think about this because I have found all aspects of my Spanish studies helpful especially during the summer. Learning Spanish in college has taught me to have patience and confidence because learning another language is no easy task. I would say learning these skills from my Spanish studies were the most helpful when talking to the students and their parents in Spanish.

  2. Hi Raven,
    Thanks for your contributions to Rural and Migrant Ministries and to SHECP. Could you share something that you learned about poverty and youth advocacy through working with youth – albeit remotely – this summer?
    Thank you, Amy

    1. Hi Ms. Amy,
      This summer with SHECP, we discussed heavily the meanings, causes, and consequences of poverty. Working with the youth and advocating for them, it was different to see what poverty meant to them and how the consequences of poverty do not define you or your future. The way they came together and brought their community together despite all the chaos that was occurring in the world that had an impact on all aspects of poverty: the meanings, causes, and consequences.

  3. Thank you for this great summary and for the comments you shared at the SHECP info session earlier this week. I know you gained a lot from the professional development sessions, especially the author presentation of your summer book. I’m interested to know how your experience is impacting your thoughts about what you might do this upcoming summer?

    1. Hi Ms. Cathy,
      My experiences this summer taught me a lot. I enjoyed my time with SHECP and the connections I made through them. The author of the book and I have discussed and will discuss more about his book, poverty, and how the pandemic has impacted poverty in different communities. This summer I plan on looking into Breakthrough: Greater Boston, my first pairing with SHECP, to see if they have any internship opportunities available. If not, I will use my experiences from SHECP to work with more non-profits or groups who work with those in impoverished areas in the metro Atlanta area.

  4. Raven,
    Thank you for your presentation. I too am interested in how your experience this summer confirmed your study of Spanish. You specifically mention children as interpreters for their parents. Did working with this population lead to any ideas of how to bridge this vital communication gap for adults non-English speakers?

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