On July 3rd, Mano en Mano welcomed eight summer interns (seven who are volunteers through the AmeriCorps VISTA program) who will be working on Migrant Education Program projects through July and will continue working with the Blueberry Harvest School through August. Get to know our summer interns below:
Melanie Shelton is from Kennebunk, Maine. She is currently getting her masters in migration studies at the University of San Francisco. She graduated from Kenyon College with degrees in anthropology and Spanish. This summer she is excited to read picture books with migrant families and learn how these families respond to books about the migrant experience.
Jude Marx is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and is majoring in English and Education at Bowdoin College. She is in training to be a bilingual multicultural middle school educator. This summer, she is excited to teach photography and writing at Mano en Mano and learn from students and their families.
Sarah Donahue is from South Portland, Maine. She studies Spanish and American Studies at St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont. She is helping provide services in Portland until the start of the Blueberry Harvest School. She is excited to join the team in Milbridge and work alongside the migrant community.
Katie Irwin is a recent graduate of Colby College majoring in Public Health. She is passionate about environmental justice, community health, and making resources equitable and accessible. She worked in Portland, Maine at a health center last summer and is happy to join the Mano en Mano crew this year, with the hopes of improving her Spanish!
Hope McKenney grew up in a small town in Northern California. She became interested in indigenous rights and languages after living in Bolivia and Peru, and graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York with a degree in Anthropology and Human Rights, focusing on indigenous Andean populations. After graduation, she moved to Cuba to continue her studies of woodcut printmaking. Hope works in public radio, and loves to play music, make art, and play soccer in her spare time. She speaks Spanish and Quechua.
Jessica Mattson is a senior at Grove City College, majoring in Spanish K-12 Education. She loves working within the education community and has a passion for learning from and serving minority communities in the United States. When not studying or writing lesson plans, Jess can be found playing the violin, catching up with friends, or watching foreign films. She looks forward to working at BHS this August!
Jack Largess is from Charlotte, NC. He most recently worked as a volunteer at the migrant shelter "Hermanos en el Camino" in Ixtepec, Oaxaca. He is excited to see his interests in justice, agriculture, and education meet during his work with Mano en Mano.
Diego Grossmann’s family immigrated from Venezuela to Maine, which has driven him to discover and connect with the Hispanic and minority communities of the Downeast area. Currently, Diego is an incoming sophomore pursuing Francophone studies and Political Philosophy at Bowdoin College, where he is also taking an interest in education, cinema studies, and the arts. Locally, Diego has worked on the Maine Coast as a dock hand, boat painter, and farm hand. In addition, he has also taken time to work with ecological associations in rural France focusing on alternative education, permaculture, sustainability, and cuisine.