Laura Vang '15
Student Director for Conversations That Matter
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Joceline Fidalgo '11
Increasing School Success Among Cape Verdean youth
Majors: Lusophone Studies Modified by African and African American Studies
Host Organization: BØRNEfonden
Location: Santiago, Cape Verde
Joceline was raised in a tight-knit Cape Verdean community in Boston, MA. Growing up, Joceline dedicated much of her time to the development and success of her neighborhood through her leadership in community organizations and youth councils. At Dartmouth, Joceline is active in the Latino community and currently serving as the intern to the Latino Advisor in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL). She has gained a love for the Portuguese language, while at Dartmouth, and will be returning to Brazil this summer, for the third time as the Teaching Assistant for the Portuguese Language Study Abroad program. Joceline is currently writing an Honors Senior Thesis in the Spanish & Portuguese Department on Cape Verdean literature and oral traditions. During her junior year, Joceline received funding from the Dickey Center to intern with BØRNEfonden where she worked to identify key factors for existing high failure rates among Cape Verdean middle and high-school youth.
As an Olga Gruss Lewin Fellow, Joceline will return to Cape Verde and continue her work with BØRNEfonden. She will build on the results of her previous research to implement projects that focus on increasing school success among Cape Verdean youth. Her responsibilities will include facilitating mentorship programs between Cape Verdean secondary school and university students, implementing after-school spaces for students to complete school assignments and have access to more resources and finally, organizing and leading workshops for parents, which will focus on strengthening parent involvement in the academic lives of their children. This fellowship presents her with the opportunity to strengthen her community organizing and leadership skills, in an international community, to which she has dedicated herself. Upon completion of her fellowship, Joceline hopes to return to her home community and continue her service work with local organizations that focus on similar educational issues.
Lexi Heywood '11
Helping Orphans Transition to Independence
Majors: Russian Language and Literature
Host Organization: Children's Hope All-Ukraine Charity Fund
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Lexi is from Potomac, Maryland. She was raised in the Episcopal Church, where she developed a deep faith in God and a desire to serve others. She has always been interested in working within orphanages, and began studying Russian at Dartmouth College with the intent of working in Eastern European orphanages upon graduation. During her freshman year, Lexi went on a service trip to Ukraine, where she became acquainted with the organization Children’s Hope – Ukraine, and the Komarivka orphanage. She was awarded a Tucker Fellowship to return to work with Children’s Hope during her junior fall. Lexi spent ten weeks teaching English and mentoring youth at the orphanage and the village schools, visiting the local nursing home, and helping harvest potato crops.
In September, Lexi will return to Ukraine to work again with Children’s Hope and the Komarivka orphanage with the goal of preventing human trafficking and helping senior orphans to transition to employment or higher education, and positive family relationships. She will lead weekly life skills classes in addition to mentoring those with the desire and ability to enter university or to start small businesses in the local village. Lexi will also write the first draft of the program guidelines of Smile House, a transition home being launched this coming year by Children’s Hope that will provide family-style support and guidance for orphans graduating from Komarivka orphanage. After completing her project, Lexi intends to go to graduate school in social work or Eastern European studies, and to subsequently seek employment with an NGO that works with orphans and against human-trafficking in Eastern Europe.
Last Updated: 6/18/13