2009 Alumni


2009 Into the Fields Intern, Prospect Hill Community Health Center, North Carolina
Update from June 2013

I was an ITF intern in 2009 and worked with Prospect Hill Community Health Center in North Carolina. After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2011 with a degree in Spanish and International studies, I moved to Austin, TX to work as an AmeriCorps member with 4H CAPITAL. There, I taught under‐served elementary students in afterschool enrichment programs. They learned such things as raising Boer goats, gardening and participating in hands‐on earth science projects. The summer following this service term I worked as a summer AmeriCorps VISTA with a college‐prep program called Con Mi MADRE (Mothers and Daughters Raising Expectations).

After completing my service with Con Mi MADRE, I decided to focus‐in on my passion to have a career in public health and healthcare. This passion was developed throughout the summer with SAF, during which I realized the importance of improving all people’s access, quality and attention to health. In August 2012, I began working with a non‐profit organization called Take Heart Austin for a third term with AmeriCorps and as a VISTA member. Take Heart Austin is a sudden cardiac arrest initiative and focuses on a community, system‐based approach to increasing survival in the Austin/Travis County area. While this is my current position, I will finish my term of service in August 2013 and work for a patient advocacy company in Dallas, TX called Compass Professional Health Services. There, I will be able to help clients navigate the complexities of the healthcare system in order to find quality care and promote price transparency, all of which allows me to continue focusing on a career in public health and healthcare. Thanks to the opportunity that SAF gave me in 2009, I have been able to serve the community in an area for which I am passionate.

April Simon

2009 ITF Intern, National Farmworker Ministry, Durham, NC
Update from February 2011

I was an intern in 2009, placed with National Farmworker Ministry. I am a full-time student at NC Central University, majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences- concentration: child development/family relations and Spanish, my minor is in Writing, with a focus on Journalism, and I will also graduate with a Certificate in Global Studies. I am  currently an intern with Duke Center for Documentary Studies and am working toward my Certificate in Documentary Studies from them. I am on the Farmworker Institute Planning Committee, and am the volunteer coordinator for that... so, if you know anybody..*ahem* contact me.

I just won  the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award. I was nominated by three of my professors who have been supportive of my documentary and journalism work in regard to farmworkers. So far, the Campus Echo (NCCU school newspaper) has published two articles that I wrote about farmworker justice. One was about the CIW/student protests winning an agreement with Sodexo, the other was the double-truck photo-journalism piece that  addresses the HOD campaign/ 50 year anniversary of Harvest of Shame. Look forward to seeing a lot more as we head into the Spring semester!