Intern Spotlight – Erin Murphy
“My name is Erin Murphy and I am an undergraduate Public Health student at University of Massachusetts Lowell. This semester, I will be an intern at Girls Inc. focusing on implementing health education into programs. The past four years, I have planned Relay For Life events at UMass Lowell and established a Students Against Cancer club on campus working to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. After graduating in May, I hope to work with people in communities to promote and improve health. I am excited to explore the opportunities that Girls Inc. has to offer and look forward to working with the staff and the girls in order to promote healthy lives. I absolutely love the mission of Girls Inc. and am excited to help girls become strong, smart, and bold!”
Alumna Spotlight – Kelsey Barowich
Kelsey Becomes an Advocate in Her Community
Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell alumna Kelsey spent 11 years at Girls Inc. taking advantage of programming that allowed her to discover her passions for civic engagement and public policy. She also worked as a Program Specialist and sat on the board last year. Today, Kelsey works as a Policy Analyst for the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight for the Massachusetts State Legislature. She is also an advocate for LGBTQ rights, a member of YW Boston’s Advocacy committee which focuses on paid family leave and criminal justice reform, and involved in protecting young people in Boston’s School to Prison Intervention Pipeline program.
(L to R: Kelsey Barowich, Alumna, and Maritza Grooms, Teen Center Coordinator)
Kelsey is forever grateful for the confidence that Girls Inc. staff members, and fellow girls, helped her to develop. She learned how to believe in herself, and used that power to become an advocate and community organizer. Through the Alumnae Scholarship program Kelsey was able to study in Washington D.C. for a summer and intern with Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. There, she cultivated her passion for helping others and learned more about civic engagement, public policy, and government relations.
As a young woman working in politics, Kelsey’s time at Girls Inc. continues to inspire her and push her forward. To this day, she relies on her Girls Inc. family for continued support, encouragement, and guidance. In the future, she hopes to head an advocacy organization similar to Girls Inc. and provide more people with the same gifts she received as a young girl.
Kelsey recognizes that girls continue to face great challenges but believes mentorship and community spaces, like the one she experienced at Girls Inc., are two important steps in combatting systematic oppression and inequality. Her advice is to never be afraid to ask for help, and to hold tight to people that love and inspire you. When you do that, she says, there is no way you will not succeed.
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