In 2023, the Meaningful Community Services trainee program has expanded to include partnerships with University of Maryland, Towson University, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). These partnerships have allowed trainees with different backgrounds to better meet the needs of community members.
Since 2020, Meaningful Community Services has hosted multiple UMBC students in their final semesters. These trainees have come to Kennedy Krieger Institute with a background in public health administration. In 2023, trainees from University of Maryland and Towson University joined the trainee program. These talented individuals have been instrumental in helping us to provide enriched services to community members focused on speech language supports and occupational therapy strategies. We are fortunate to have collaborative partnerships with each of these universities!
Additional information and final presentations for each trainee are listed below.
Spring: Amina Abubaker-Sharif (UMBC), Rohkaya Kane (UMBC), Michael Mentzel (University of Maryland), Madison Mulherin (Towson), Joseph Amos (Towson)
Amina and Rohkaya supported CORE Foundations’ employment services during their internships. They helped to support community members that were working on Kennedy Krieger campuses in Baltimore and Columbia. During their internships, Rohkaya and Amina helped to lead virtual sessions with community members too.
During his internship, Mike supported Project SEARCH and worked in the Center for Autism Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute. This was a pilot internship between the two Kennedy Krieger departments to be able to offer speech services to a larger demographic. Mike did a great job juggling a multitude of responsibilities!
Madison (Max) and Joe supported Project SEARCH during their short internship with Meaningful Community Services. While they only had 30 hours, Max and Joe were able to design and implement occupational therapy services that allowed Project SEARCH interns to experience success in their internships.
- Amina Abubaker-Sharif’s final project
- Rohkaya Kane’s final project
- Michael Mentzel’s final project
- Max Mulherin and Joe Amos’ final project
Summer: Bulo Osman (UMBC)
Bulo supported CORE Foundations’ services during her internship. She helped to support community members that were working on the Kennedy Krieger campus in Baltimore. Additionally, Bulo worked with community members that were participating in community development services in Rockville. We were fortunate to have Bulo on our team this summer!
Spring: Heather Hinson, Katherine Mezene, Lauren Stone
Katherine and Lauren supported CORE Foundations during their internships and were able to provide in-person services! Katherine helped to support a community member that worked at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injuries in Maple Lawn. She also met weekly with community members in our virtual sessions. Lauren worked hard to provide virtual services to community members in small groups and large groups. She did a great job finding creative topics for her Daily Professional Developments that kept all of the community members engaged!
Heather supported Project SEARCH on-campus each day of her internship! She worked hard to build meaningful relationships with the Project SEARCH interns and helped them to grow professionally. We are lucky that Heather and Katherine have joined the Meaningful Community Services team as full-time employees!
Summer: C.J. Okafor
C.J. supported CORE Foundations during his internship. He provided in-person services to support a community member that worked at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injuries in Maple Lawn. C.J. met weekly with community members in our virtual sessions.
Fall: Natalie Bednarek, Megan Halczuk, Sisuri Senewiratne
Natalie joined us as our first graduate intern from Purdue University Global. Natalie is a nurse at Kennedy Krieger that has helped to support our Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic. During her internship, she continued her work at the Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic and was instrumental in completing a literature review to be used in a research study with data from the Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic. Natalie helped to support the Meaningful Community Services team by leading virtual sessions and connecting with community members.
Megan supported Project SEARCH on-campus each day of her internship! She worked hard to build meaningful relationships with the Project SEARCH interns and helped them to grow professionally. Megan also lead virtual sessions with the CORE Foundations community members each week.
Sisuri supported CORE Foundations during her internship. She helped to support a community member that worked at the International Center for Spinal Cord Injuries in Maple Lawn and she met regularly with community members in our virtual sessions. Sisuri worked to take on additional administrative tasks in her internship that supported the overall programming of Meaningful Community Services.
Spring: Mariz Asknder, Anjali Daya, Krismina Kattel, Beyza Murat
Mariz and Krismina helped to support the Project SEARCH interns through virtual services during the semester. They created engaging Daily Professional Development lessons that focused on employability and life skills. Mariz and Krismina also helped to support the interns during their remote internship rotations.
Anjali and Beyza supported CORE Foundations through virtual services during the semester. They worked with community members in employment services and in community development services. Their virtual services helped to prepare community members to begin receiving in-person services in the summer of 2021.
Summer: Janet Butt, Aisha Chishti
Janet worked with CORE Foundations to help support our community members that were working at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She did regular check-ins with community members that were at work and helped recently hired community members learn new tasks.
Aisha worked with former Project SEARCH interns in their local communities. She created a smooth transition for Project SEARCH interns to begin receiving employment services with CORE Foundations.
Fall: Kristen Ellsbury, Brigit O’Neill, Reggie Santiago
Kristen, Brigit, and Reggie all supported CORE Foundations. Kristen provided in-person services to community members in volunteer locations. She also helped community members look for additional employment opportunities.
Brigit and Reggie provided virtual support services for CORE Foundations. They created informative Daily Professional Developments lessons that helped community members to better understand employability and life skills. Brigit and Reggie also lead Job Club which allowed community members to focus on filling out employment applications and prepping for interviews.
Fall: Julie Bai, Sumaiyah Mahmoodi, Vanessa Williams
Julie and Sumaiyah each provided virtual support services to our CORE Foundations community members. They worked to create meaningful virtual services that were centered on each individual’s person-centered goals.
Vanessa worked with the Project SEARCH interns through virtual services. She created engaging Daily Professional Development lessons that the interns looked forward to each week. We were lucky that Sumaiyah and Vanessa have each joined the Meaningful Community Services team as full-time employees!