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    CIIP Blogs (Summer 2021)

    Hi future ACCE intern!

    The skill that I probably practiced most while at ACCE was flexibility. ACCE is a community middle/high school that has a unique staff member titled the community school coordinator. Your community school coordinator at ACCE will be different from mine, but after having met a few I can guarantee they will be a fantastically genuine, caring, and communicative person, as these are definitely required skills for the job. During my time at ACCE, the community school coordinator (Abby) was my supervisor and I spent a good majority of my time in the first half of the summer working directly with her. This is where the flexibility comes in. As I’ve described in some past blogs, you might not have any idea what you're going to be doing up until the moment you’re doing it, and this is based on the role of a community school coordinator itself. One of their main overarching goals is to provide resources/services to students and families, as well as support for the school itself and staff. Things come up quickly -- like donations of pet food from the SPCA or approval to do a vaccine clinic -- so you adjust to what is most pressing. This makes for a very diverse summer and keeps things exciting. In other words, if you’re a person who prefers a mix of office work and field/active work, ACCE is the place for you.
    Here is a bit about some tasks that I did throughout the summer: Towards the beginning of the internship, my main responsibility was packing food and hygiene resources for students and families. Abby and I would go on deliveries and connect with the Hampden Family Center for distribution as well. I also spent a good chunk of this time reaching out to families of students that didn’t meet expectations (ex. attendance) during the pandemic through phone calls and home visits to identify ways ACCE can better support their engagement. July then came with the start of the summer STEM bridge program for incoming ACCE students. I had varying roles for aiding the program execution, featuring teaming up with students in a data analysis lab with lego battle bot building and supporting a child psychology and humane education program. My goals towards the end were focused on implementing a community-wide vaccine clinic and the back to school resource fair.
    Many specific services run by the community school coordinator are grant-funded, so I’m not positive if the programs I worked with would be identical to yours, but the summer stem program is recurring so you can count on some involvement with the ACCE students.
    If you’re wondering what to do to prepare for the internship, I suggest looking into the history of Hampden and its demographics, and trying to understand the public education system in Baltimore City (such as zoning, demographics, underlying issues, etc.). It was important that I quickly grasped an understanding of the dynamics between the Hampden community and the students/families at ACCE, as well as the students/families themselves to best serve them and connect them with helpful resources. Your supervisor will definitely have a good understanding of these topics and would likely want to have a meaningful conversation about them -- they are a great resource for learning more and it will make you a better resource/support for students/families/staff.
    Overall, I found myself inspired by how caring and genuine the ACCE family is. They devote so much time outside of their typical duties to ensure their students are getting the resources and support needed to be successful. This opened my eyes to the importance of having community partnerships in a school gave me a special energy for a sector of community work that I hadn’t considered before. I believe working with ACCE will do the same for you!

    Best of luck,
    Morgan

    Made an impact between 08/01/2021 and 08/13/2021
    CIIP Blogs (Summer 2021)

    ACCE is an organization that absolutely lives up to its title as a community school; I think I spent more time actually in the “community” than I did at the school itself. I emphasize community because ACCE’s is a unique one with students and families from all over Baltimore City.

    Through ACCE’s partnership with the Y in Central Maryland, I worked primarily with the community school coordinator, Abby Baldwin. She, as well as many of the teachers and staff at ACCE, perform so many diverse tasks that not a single week of this summer was identical to another. Some days I would come in with a plan from the day before to execute, and completely flip those plans to assist with a more pressing situation. This made much of the experience exciting and diverse. Towards the beginning of the internship, my main responsibility was packing food and hygiene resources for students and families. Abby and I would go on deliveries and connect with the Hampden Family Center for distribution as well. I spent a good chunk of this time reaching out to families of students that didn’t meet expectations during the pandemic through phone calls and home visits to identify ways ACCE can better support their engagement. July then came with the start of the summer STEM bridge program for incoming ACCE students. I had varying roles for aiding the program execution, featuring teaming up with students in a data analysis lab with lego battle bot building and supporting a child psychology and humane education program. My goals towards the end were focused on implementing a community-wide vaccine clinic and the back to school resource fair.

    Although I ended up working with programs not originally planned, I found myself inspired by how caring and genuine the ACCE family is. They devote so much time outside of their typical duties to ensure their students are getting the resources and support needed to be successful. This opened my eyes to the importance of having community partnerships in a school gave me a special energy for a sector of community work that I hadn’t considered before.

    Made an impact between 07/21/2021 and 07/26/2021
    CIIP Blogs (Summer 2021)

    Intersectionality has a fairly large impact on the work I’m doing with ACCE this summer. ACCE is a Baltimore City Public School with black students making up the majority, located in Hampden. Hampden (which I didn’t know until this summer) has long been a neighborhood of lower-income white residents. Many have been pushed out by middle-income white residents and through gentrification of the area. This leaves a mix of middle-income and low-income whites making up the neighborhood that surrounds the school of mixed middle-income and low-income black students (as there are no zoning requirements for high schools in the City). There seems to be a higher level of discrimination both of ACCE students by the community, and of the community by ACCE students, heightened through the consideration of intersectionality. I have seen more specific examples of intersectionality on the home visits I go on for ACCE to check in with families of students that didn’t make it to class much last year. In one specific case, a mother explained to me that her daughter is dreading school because of her being low-income, white, and having anxiety and ADD/ADHD. This student has had trouble in Baltimore City schools and I see that in-person in the summer programming at ACCE for students with similar identities.
    My placement at a community school has intersected with so many other placement areas! One of my main tasks in the first half of the internship was executing the food and hygiene delivery programs for families of ACCE students, which is a mix of the food security and low-income resource placements. More recently though, I have been planning the Back to School BBQ and resource fair for students at ACCE, and the other partners of CIIP have been a HUGE help in guiding me to choose the vendors for the resource fair. My supervisor has made great efforts to make sure I understand the demographics of ACCE students and families so that I can be a better source of support and resources for them. A lot of students and their families are immigrants, so I have reached out to organizations such as the Esperanza Center and the ERICA to come share about their workshops and services for the families. A goal of this fair is also to give students resources for involvement and engagement, while also preparing them for careers and professionalism, so organizations such as Wide Angle Youth Media and others that help prepare and empower students have a huge place in being a resource for these students. Even the sector of health has been a large part of my work at ACCE, as I am assisting in the coordination of a community wide vaccine clinic and the families of ACCE students are the target for organizations such as Shepherd’s Clinic. Overall, the existence of a community school really requires intersections with other placement areas. Without these connections, there couldn’t really be a community school.

    Made an impact between 07/21/2021 and 07/24/2021
    CIIP Blogs (Summer 2021)

    Of the many things I’ve learned so far throughout my internship this summer -- some relating to the dynamics of a job/work environment, others more general surrounding community work -- the most impactful for me has been developing my understanding of problems and solutions.
    I’ve spoken about this a bit in a previous blog, but there is one thing I ended up doing this summer that I wasn’t expecting: connecting with students/families regarding attendance and lack of engagement in school.
    I originally was doing this by calling the families of these students to have a conversation about the student’s attendance and what we at ACCE can do to get the student more engaged. My expectation going into this was to get blown off quite a bit/not taken seriously because this was a year of virtual learning for students that had a lot going on other than school. I myself missed more classes virtually than I ever would have if they were in person this year so I assumed this was the reason so many students were on our list to reach out to. For a lot of students, this was definitely the reason given, but I realized this might not be what’s actually going on. My supervisor and I began going on home visits to the families of these students, and she could remember so many of the homes that we went to because she had had to make previous visits regarding attendance in other years (non-covid years). In talking to the families, often even just witnessing the way a family member reacted when they were not open to speaking with us, I realized there can be so many reasons that contribute to this one outcome of an attendance issue. This is a realization that I will use in every future profession/pursuit of life goals I’m sure, as this has opened my eyes to the complexity of life, and that there might not be, and probably isn’t, a single solution for an issue. I’ll have to be more cognisant of this when working to develop solutions throughout my life.

    Made an impact between 07/14/2021 and 07/17/2021
    CIIP Blogs (Summer 2021)

    After reviewing the goals sheet I prepared just before the start of my internship, I do recognize that my goals have slightly changed, but for the most part have remained constant and are things I’m working towards achieving everyday, as they are more long term and span the entire internship rather than event/task based.
    My personal goals at the start included being a ‘right-hand’ of sorts for both students and faculty at ACCE. I had hoped to gain a better understanding of the different community needs each program addresses through my involvement in the summer programing at ACCE. I also had a wider-scale goal of reconnecting to Baltimore through both CIIP programming and hands-on experience with the community school programs.
    The reason these goals have slightly changed is due to the nature of summer programming and the post-covid conditions. The main summer program involving students at ACCE, which is essentially a summer bridge program for new students at ACCE to build relationships while strengthening their academic skills, has only just started last week on Tuesday. Monday and Tuesday are the only in-person days for this program, and Tuesday was the first day and was too hectic for me to join in on, so I have yet to work with this program and the students. I will hopefully be working with them next week though, so I can further work on my goal of being a resource/support for the students at ACCE. Besides working with the food access program, which I have accomplished my original goal to become very comfortable and independent with, I have been doing some things at ACCE that I hadn’t expected to do. This week, my main task has been connecting with the families of ACCE students that struggled to meet attendance and classroom demands over the last year. I have had many very meaningful conversations with families of ACCE students, but also some upsetting conversations as well. In some cases, the family is very willing and eager to work with us to get their student back on track, and in other cases there is little to no support from the parents in regard to academics. Coming from a similar background, I have experienced first-hand the sheer difficulty of achieving academic goals (and honestly not just achieving them, having the drive to set them in the first place) without familial support. So, an additional goal that I originally didn’t have is identifying resources/support for these students that aren't meeting classroom/attendance demands.

    Made an impact between 07/07/2021 and 07/10/2021

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