Sanctuary for Families is a leading service provider to survivors of domestic violence and their families. I am currently interning in their Economic Empowerment Program (EEP). Our goal is to empower our cohort of 60 clients per cycle clients with industry knowledge and computer technology skills in order to pursue a living wage career. In addition to providing case management and clinical support to a case load of five clients, I am responsible for designing and implementing an effective typing module as well as lead literacy groups. Through this dynamic internship, I am not only implementing evidence based practice but am also becoming fluent in housing, immigration, and child welfare policy. I am also conducting a program evaluation for EEP.
After interning at University Settlement, I was hired on as a Family Enrichment Assistant for the summer. University Settlement is a veteran organization with over 130 years of experience providing children and families with educational, housing, nutritional services, and so much more. At their Fort Greene location, I provided a case load of two families twice weekly home visits through the evidence based model The Parent Child Home Program (PCHP). Through the power of play, modeling, and psychoeducation, our mission is to not only give low-income children a leg up in order to close the education gap but also to foster a strong positive bond between parent and child. I also co-lead two parent-child play groups, Play With Me (an activity based group) and Sing With Me (a music based group), which was followed by parent discussion and support. After interning for nine months, I was hired over the summer to provide a case load of six families twice weekly home visits and lead parent-child playgroups.