India Pierce

How I Spent My Summer: India Pierce

I believe I was in the 10th grade when I decided I was going to move as far away from Cleveland as I possibly could. I dreamed of graduating from high school, leaving for college and only returning for holidays and special events. Yet life took me in a...

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Anne Brewka

How I Spent My Summer: Anne Brewka

To be a Cleveland Foundation intern involves balancing work responsibilities at a host organization with participation in the Summer Internship Program’s weekly seminars and events. To be a shared intern between three nonprofit organizations in addition to...

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Taryn Higgins

How I Spent My Summer: Taryn Higgins

For those who are unfamiliar with Ohio State University Extension, it began as part of The Cooperative Extension Service system in 1862, and is known as a “land-grant university” today. OSU Extension provides educational programs across Ohio, combining...

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Serpil Sevgen

Painting On Water

Serpil Sevgen is a Turkish school counselor and artist who uses the arts as a tool in her counseling work with youth in Istanbul. Serpil is another of the foundation’s Creative Fusion artists and she has brought both her counseling and her artistic skills...

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Donte Gibbs

How I Spent My Summer: Donte Gibbs

As the summer youth program coordinator at the Neighborhood Leadership Institute, I have my hands full. However, it is definitely rewarding to see the excitement of the young kids (8-14) that are participating in the summer program. One of my duties is to...

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Seerat Bahniwal

How I Spent My Summer: Seerat Bahniwal

Improving education for children is one of my passions as a student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. It's also a focus of STEM, an educational program bringing science, technology, engineering and...

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Evaluation is Not a Thing: It is a Way

I just returned from a very meaty and reflective meeting on the role of evaluation in philanthropy (NOT as dry a subject as it may sound!). It was organized by the Evaluation Roundtable, a program of the Foundation Center to improve philanthropy. The...

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How I Spent My Summer: Liam Martin

Our conversation went something like this. “So, where are you working this summer?” “I’m going to be at ShoreBank Enterprise.” “Oh…Yeah, you look like you’d work at a bank.” It was this seemingly innocuous statement in the midst of an...

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Nicole Velasquez

How I Spent My Summer: Nicole Velasquez

I count myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the Cleveland Foundation summer internship. I am placed with The City Club of Cleveland where I am exposed to all aspects of what the organization does. I have taken on a variety of tasks...

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Sarah Narkin

How I Spent My Summer: Sarah Narkin

Founded and headquartered in Cleveland, Voices for Ohio’s Children is a non-partisan collaboration of individuals and organizations that advocate for children-focused public policy. In analyzing health, education, family, tax, and juvenile justice issues...

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