Intern Spotlight: Micaela Tomaro
My name is Micaela Tomaro and I am one of iACT’s interns this year! I am 17 years old and a rising senior at Mira Costa High School. I first became involved with iACT through my younger brother’s soccer team. His previous coach, Mark Hodson – the current Men’s Darfur Coach- would allow his boys to write letters to the refugees. From that point on I became very intrigued with iACT’s work and wondered how I could get involved.
For the past couple of years, I have been fortunate enough to volunteer for iACT’s annual event, One Strong Kick. By the end of my first night volunteering, I knew I wanted to engage other students and members of my community with the organization. My Co-Presidents, Amalia Lohuis and Julia Nuttall-Smith and I started a club on campus called Mustangs4Change and we have been working for the past two years to create advocates within our school. In addition, I have been working with iACT to complete my Girl Scout Gold Award. My mentor, Katie-Jay Scott, has helped me throughout this process and I will hopefully be completing my award by the end of this summer.
Beyond iACT, you will most likely find me in the classroom or on the soccer and lacrosse fields. I am heavily involved with academics, extracurriculars such as Girl Scouts, NCL, AYSO Coach/Mentor and Model United Nations, and sports like high school lacrosse and soccer as well as club soccer. Although my schedule is busy, I am very passionate about all of the activities I’m involved in.
I have a profound interest in the medical field and international relations and I hope to manifest this passion into my intern project this summer. Through Model United Nations, I am able to debate topics of similar crisis. Some of my projects and goals as an intern for the summer are to create a comprehensive and easily accessible Health and Wellness Packet, and to research existing health and wellness programs for iACT to model and modify for the camps.
I love the work that iACT is putting forth towards helping the refugees and creating a world wide understanding of their current situation. I am very proud to be a part of this organization and I hope that my work for iACT will have an impact on others within and beyond my community.
Join me tomorrow on a Promising Practices in Refugee Education Intervention webinar highlighting iACT's early childhood education program, Little Ripples. On behalf of iACT, I’ll be part of a panel of speakers from Save the Children, Vodafone Foundation, and UNRWA to...read more
Last week, Gabriel and I headed to Doha, Qatar, for the World Innovation Summit on Education, otherwise known simply as WISE (check out #WISE2017 on social media). You may remember that last year, Little Ripples won the 2016 WISE Award. It is not only innovative to...read more
Lately, I’ve been getting this question quite a bit: “What makes iACT different?” I don’t have to pause or take a moment to think about this. I know the answer immediately. What makes iACT stand out among our peers is that our programs are refugee-led. Our solutions...read more