Hello everyone!!! It is with great excitement and a wee bit of nervous anxiety that I write this first post to introduce myself and a little bit more about the i-ACT 14 expedition. I recently joined the Little Ripples team as the Project Coordinator and am taking my first trip out to the camps next week with Gabriel!

In the past few years, I have worked as a reproductive health educator in high school classrooms and a research associate at a UCLA mental health research center. The most enjoyable part of these positions, and I guess the initial reason I pursued a degree in public health, is that fulfilling feeling of being able to help others, whether it be on an individual, group, or community level. Since studying abroad and volunteering with a student organization at the University of Cape Town, South Africa as an undergrad (2005), I’ve had an interest in international development programs. Being able to work and contribute to such an inspired and trailblazing project such as Little Ripples really is a dream come true! These last few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of meeting more of the i-Act and Little Ripples team, and let me tell you, it is so great to work with such warm, dedicated, resourceful, and knowledgeable group.

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