RAP is pleased to welcome two interns for our summer programming. Miriam Bial and Shannika Campbell will be facilitating Youth LEAP workshops on Dating Violence with our partner The Children’s Aid Society and developing a new Youth LEAP topic module focused on access to higher education.
The New York-born Miriam, 19, is a sophomore at the University of Chicago where she is pursuing a degree in Public Policy. When she’s in the city for summer vacation, she spends her time doing volunteer or internship work. She has a special interest in urban poverty and found RAP to be a great program because of its focus on empowering young people to get involved in creating change in their communities.
Miriam is also an intern at the district office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler where she does a little bit of everything — from answering the phones to writing press releases. When in the city, Miriam lives on the Upper West Side with her parents. This only child loves being outdoors hiking and camping, and also enjoys reading.
Shannika Campbell, 19, is a junior at SUNY Geneseo in the Finger Lakes region, where she is majoring in Communication. Bubbly and opinionated, her dream is to be a media professional who also works for a non-profit. She wants to be able to balance having a nice-paying job while contributing to the public good. Shannika is the youngest of three girls. Her hobbies include reading, and baking her favorite cheesecake and red velvet cupcakes.
Shannika is currently a fellow with New York Needs You, an intensive program that provides career development, mentorship and training to high-achieving, first-generation college students. Through this fellowship, she learned about the opportunity to intern with RAP. RAP’s belief that youth can be agents of change in their communities resonated with her as her interest in poverty-related issues stems from growing up in a low-income neighborhood in the Bronx. Shannika wants to learn about empowering people to create a better life for themselves while helping others do the same.