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Little Ripples at NAEYC 11/20/13-11/23/13

Next week our Little Ripples team will travel to Washington DC to present at the  National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference!  NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with nearly 80,000 members from more than 300 Affiliates and more than 120 countries, including teachers, administrators, parents, educators, and policy members.

The NAEYC national conference brings together over 10,000 individuals in the field of early childhood education to explore the latest research and learn from one another.  During our days in Washington D.C., we hope to create key partnerships with individuals, preschools, and agencies nationwide and recruit more Expert Teacher Advisors (ETA) to join our esteemed team.

Team members Gabriel, Irma, Jocelyn, Melissa and Raul from Communikids will lead a three hour interactive workshop to introduce participants to the context of Little Ripples in the refugee camps, building the Little Ripples community both in the US and in Camp Goz Amer, curriculum building and teacher training, and partnership opportunities.

Are you going to be at the NAEYC Conference this year?  Be sure to attend our workshop session “The Little Ripples Project: Developing a comprehensive preschool program for a Darfuri refugee camp” on Wednesday 11/20/13 from 12:30-3:30pm in Room 144A.  You can also catch our ETAs Irma, Jocelyn, and Melissa at the Munch and Mingle on Thursday 11/21/13 from 11:30am-1:00pm in the Exhibition Hall.  We’d love to meet you!

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Jennifer became passionate about international development and humanitarian work when studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, and leading youth performing arts workshops in one of the surrounding townships. After graduating from UCLA with a Masters in Public Health in Community Health Sciences, she taught adolescent reproductive health to high school students in South and East Los Angeles. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the UCLA Center for Health Services and Society, where she was able to foster an understanding of the community engagement and community resilience approaches, and hopes to incorporate these strategies in her work with Little Ripples. jennifer@iactivism.org


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