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New Orleans, Louisiana
Collaborating with URS Corporation mechanical engineer Gary Becker, Jean spent her summer 2010 Reagan mentorship shadowing various engineers in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jean worked with Jacobs Engineering, an oil and gas company, as well as the City of New Orleans Department of Public Works. “My time in New Orleans served as affirmation for my ability to succeed in the workplace,” Jean said, “This mentorship opened my eyes to the world of possibilities that are available to me, and I am excited for my future in engineering.” Jean is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering program at Rose Human Institute of Technology in Terra Haute, IN.
Working under Assistant Director Sara Salguero at a local orphanage in Fraijanes, Guatemala, while simultaneously serving as an English as a Second Language teacher’s aide at a local school, Mills completed her summer 2010 Reagan mentorship fulfilling a variety of roles. Not only was she exposed to a foreign culture but this experience helped prepare her for a future in non-for-profit work. Mills was responsible for organizational and administrative tasks, but most of her time was spent serving as support-staff for a group of girls - ages seven to 17-years-old providing mentoring and counseling, working with students with severe learning disabilities and significant physical challenges, and guiding various children in crises.
England & Kenya
Practicing social work through hands-on experience, and working with neglected and traumatized people groups, Minner used her summer 2010 Reagan mentorship to work in Bath, England and Kenya. While in England, Minner worked with the Swainswick Explorers, an after-school program which teaches children nature and survival skills. Minner also witnessed the effectiveness of “free play” teaching methods. In Kenya, Minner worked with World Sports Ministries which partnered with the Nairobi Pentecostal Church, going into very poor areas with a research group and working directly with children suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to offer counseling services and document their progress. About her experience working in different cultures Minner stated, “One of the main things that I learned through all of this was that, although the techniques vary slightly, sociology and psychology are truly universal areas of study that easily transfer over to all cultures.”
Ghana, West Africa
Born in Ghana, Quansah returned to his native country to work in the local Tema General and Narh-Bita Hospitals as his first Reagan mentorship in the summer of 2010. Through the hands-on experience of his mentorship, Quansah was trained to deliver diagnosis and prognosis of sickness and diseases, to communicate with patients with diverse language backgrounds, to handle patients seeking severe medical attention, and to interact with various medical practitioners. Quansah’s time in Ghana led him to choose hypertension- the primary killer of Ghanaian people as this honor’s thesis research project topic.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Working alongside Tierza Watts, Associate Director of North Carolina State University’s Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service (CSLEPS), Wetterauer focused on providing leadership education and service opportunities for student organization leaders as her summer 2009 Reagan mentorship. Wetterauer also helped revise the University’s curriculum, coordinated a fundraiser for the Stop Hunger Now project, and established University relationships with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle program. Wetterauer’s experience with North Carolina State University provided her with a great opportunity to help her consider whether or not a career in higher education might be in her future.
“There are not enough words that can describe the amount of learning and self education that occurred during my time out there,” Natalie Wetterauer said about her summer 2010 Reagan mentorship with the Hawaii Robotics Organization Committee in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Wetterauer initially worked out of the governor’s office, and acted as liaison for the Friends of Hawai’i Robotics organization. Wetterauer also had an article about the benefits of robotics teams as an extra-curricular youth activity published in a local Honolulu paper with a circulation of 150,000 people. In response to Wetterauer’s article, seven schools contacted the Friends of Hawai’i Robotics organization to start robotics teams at their schools.