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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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2013: The Year of a Strong Beginning

2013 was a truly momentous year for Little Ripples.  In our pilot year, we completed construction of our first school in Camp Goz Amer, hired and completed two trainings with 14 young Darfuri refugee women as the first wave of Little Ripples teachers, and completed baseline assessments with 181 of the first Little Ripple students.  The pilot Little Ripples school has been in session
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Pressman Academy’s Give a Hand Projects

Over the past few months, the nine classrooms of the Early Childhood Center at Pressman Academy  have been working on handprint posters for our Give a Hand campaign .  On the morning of Saturday December 7, 2013 the finished handprint posters were displayed at Pressman’s Shir Shabbat service.  Throughout the process of creating the posters, the teachers documented the creation of the handprints with
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Little Ripples Teacher: Darelnaim

In November 2012, I took my first trip to Eastern Chad with Gabe to find the site for the first Little Ripples school in Camp Goz Amer.  To collaborate on the decision, there were representatives from Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS), UNHCR, and community leaders including one young woman, Darelnaim, who headed the women’s committee at Camp Goz Amer.  She had a young baby strapped
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Pressman Academy ‘Gives a Hand’

Today I visited the Early Childhood Education Center at Pressman Academy in Los Angeles.  Angie Bass, Director of the Center, gave me a tour of the classrooms and school site – what an amazing place! There are nine preschool classrooms that are participating in the Give a Hand Classroom Project, each classroom is designing a large handprint that will be laminated and displayed in a
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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
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