Region: Massachussets New England USA
Language(s) Spoken: English Spanish
Citizenship('s): United States
Nationality: American (US)
Upon graduating from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002, I took my biology (B.S.) training west to serve my first term of AmeriCorps in the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) program. This was my first time as an adult outside of New England and it instilled in me the desire to become better acquainted with other parts of the US. NCCC provided me with the opportunity to drive in a 15 passenger van with a group of 12 other crazy do-gooders to various parts of the central region: Texas, Iowa, Colorado, South Dakota. Projects ranged from trail maintenance, cabin repair, camp counselor at a disabilities camp, and Boys and Girls club mentor on the Ogallala Sioux Pine Ridge Reservation. I graduated from the NCCC program in November 2003 eager to see more parts of the country. It motivated my sights on work in the southeast at a camp in South Carolina, YMCA Camp Greenville (2004). Days and nights of educating children and teens about mountain ecology led to a summer of inspiring teens to a life of service as I co-managed the camp’s teen service program, Service Core. Ultimately, I returned to Massachusetts (2004-2005) to participate in the AmeriCorps Cape Cod program, where I met the Naib, along with other inspired environmentally inclined young 20-somethings. Months of life on the beach tending to shellfish reawakened my biology training to return to thoughts of school. This leads to my current (2006) dual position of student and shellfish assistant, at Clark University and the Town of Barnstable respectively.
http://suannebigcrow.org/ (Boys and Girls Club of Pine Ridge, SD)
Cape Cod influenced