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Remembering Our Summer Interns at WWAV!

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Women With A Vision has gone through many changes this summer/fall! As we complete our hiring process for 4 new positions and settle into our new office located at 1226 North Broad Street, we wanted to take a moment to recognize and thank our interns who were invaluable to our transition this summer (if you are interested in interning or volunteering with WWAV, please fill out this form).

This summer Women With A Vision had 5 wonderful interns that came to us from different programs or out of personal interest in contributing their time to a community based group. Read more about them below and keep a look out for these powerful young women making moves in the world!

Naomi Mwaura – The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

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Naomi Mwaura has over three years’ experience in various fields in the community development sector, with an emphasis in the prevention of sexual violence. She is the founding director of the Flone Initiative, through which she engages with men to stop sexual violence by leading strategic development, organizing events, and building social awareness. She is co-founder and director of Udada Festival Trust, an organization that showcases and celebrates women’s achievements in the arts where she is in charge of the business administration and finance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honors) and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya where she is undertaking research in sustainability strategies of non-governmental organizations in Kenya. Upon completion of the Fellowship, she plans to apply what she learns to further her work engaging men to prevent sexual violence and promoting women’s rights.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. 

Lorato Palesa Modongo – The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
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Lorato Palesa Modongo has over five years’ experience in voluntary work for issues on education, young women, leadership, and research on sexuality and gender-based violence. She serves in the UN Association of South Africa (Stellenbosch Chapter), is responsible for the coordination of a reading project that offers voluntary literacy classes on a weekly basis to primary and high school students in The Legacy Centre, Kayamandi Township, South Africa, and also serves on the executive committee of the Commonwealth Student Association as the Africa Representative. Loretta is currently reading for her Master’s degree in Research Psychology as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar at the University of Stellenbosch, where she is focusing on the construction of masculinities in the face of intimate femicide in Botswana. Upon completion of the Fellowship, plans to start an initiative offering volunteering opportunities to young people in Botswana and will continue with her work on education and gender.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries. 

Alex Williams – Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps

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Alexandria is a rising Junior at Tulane University in New Orleans, studying African & African Diaspora Studies and Sociology with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She does advocacy and organizing on and off campus, working with organizations like The NOLA Birthing Project, the Youth EmPOWERment Project, and serving as the co-convener of color for Students Organizing Against Racism at Tulane. All of her organizing work is done through an anti-racist and reproductive justice lens that puts Black women and families at the center of her work, which works toward liberation for all. When not trying to save the world, Alex spends her time reading novels and melting her brain with reality TV.

The Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps is a paid summer internship program that places undergraduate students from around the country at reproductive rights and social justice organizations for ten-week summer internships. The RRASC program defines reproductive rights broadly to include movements advocating for human rights, economic justice, racial equality, queer rights, immigrants’ rights, access to health services, and youth empowerment among others.  Our partner organizations span the country and work with and for various communities.  

Reagan Ross – Stanford University Internship Program

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A rising junior at Stanford University, Reagan is double majoring in African, African-American Studies and Communication. She is passionate about social justice, art and the intersection of the two. Reagan is originally from the New Orleans area and found WWAV while searching for an organization that advocates for sex workers rights. She read about the work WWAV does and was eager to contribute. She hopes to contribute to WWAV by organizing a funding campaign, running the organization’s blog site (myexistenceispolitical.com), completing graphic design work, and writing a paper that explores the hypocrisy of Louisiana’s laws against sex work and details a plan for a movement toward decriminalization.

 

Katya Schoenberg – Volunteer Internship

 

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Katya Schoenberg is from the Bay Area and a new resident of New Orleans.  A recent graduate of UCLA with a degree in cultural Anthropology and Education, Katya worked throughout her time in Los Angeles as a crisis counselor and advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a mediator for the Institute of Non-Violence.  She is inspired by and in deep admiration of the work done at Women with a Vision, and hopes to learn more about the intersections of transformative justice and healing, and the empowerment of marginalized survivors of violence.

 

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