- Community Summer mentors and homeowners are being informed 4/6/2020 that Robertsons will not be on-site for Community Summer. We are determining which positions are available for a remote experience.
- The opportunities below have not been updated. We haven't talked to all the mentors yet.
- Victor's position will not be filled, so Vicki is working on summer checks and housing contracts.
- Some of you filled out the Community Summer Preferences survey in a limited way. For example, if you want to learn about only one or two specific topics, it's unlikely that we'll be able to match to a position that offers that opportunity.
Scholars use this page along with Summer updates provided by email and in the Robertson Bulletin.
For Summer 2020, first, read the Community Summer Description 2020. Most positions in Edgecombe County/Tarboro, the MS Delta, and New Orleans begin on or about June 1 and last eight weeks. A few are longer (e.g., Orleans Public Defenders, Peacemakers Freedom School, and Sunflower County Freedom Project). Positions in Whitesburg begin mid-May and last until mid-July.
Second, below is a list of Community Summer positions. Details for some positions are pending. Read about Scholars' experiences on Robertson Connect. We have included some of the information from Connect on the reviews links below. You can read The Daily Yonder to learn about issues facing our rural communities.
Community Summer 2019 documentaries are temporarily available here. The older documentaries are available upon request.
Tarboro, NC (from 2018--2019 will be available soon)
New Orleans, LA
Let Vicki Stocking know if you have difficulties with this page.
(last updated 3/24/2020)
Breakthrough Collaborative--New Orleans reviews You must have permission from Vicki to apply. Let her know by 12/15 if you want to apply; you will be notified 12/16. A meeting with Vicki is strongly recommended. Application due to Breakthrough 1/16/20 Summer work dates will be 5/26-7/25/2020. still available for 2020
- Nicolas Pardo, 2023
- De'Ivyion Drew, Montana Lee, 2022
- Patrick Clinch & Ben Keegan, 2021
- Sydney Adams, Brock Schoenwald, Becca Sullenger, Brooke Porter, 2020
Henry Feng, Gentry Fitch, Matthew Kaplan, Mia King, 2019; Persis Bhadha, Eric Qian, Cait Rosica, 2018; Mark Dawson & Sofia Stafford, 2017; Pranav Haravu & Sowmya Mangipudi, 2016; James Collier & Katie Jordan, 2015; Ned Hardison, Aaron Lutkowitz, & Thomas Pendlebury, 2014
Read this from the Executive Director of CRS. This position includes working with the Daily Yonder. Read this article on media porn. Read this about Stefanie Feldman (Duke '10), whose summer with CRS set her on a policy path including law school and years of working with Joe Biden. She is now on the board of CRS.
- Mikhal Ben-Joseph, 2023
- Charlie Zong, 2022
- Merrit Jones, 2021
- Rose Farah & Beza Gebramariam, 2020
- Vishnu Ramanchandran, 2019; Claire Boyd & Emily Goldstein, 2018; Abby Gay & Savannah Wooten, 2017; Nadine Goldberg, 2016; Jefferson Sinclair, 2015; Alex Bloedel, 2014; Travis Crayton, 2013; Lauren Linn, 2011; Stefanie Feldman, 2010
- Lilly Clark & Matt Sullivan, 2022
- Kyle Ryan & Allayne Thomas, 2021
- Nonnie Egbuna, 2020
- Brennan Lewis, 2019; Sydney McAuliffe, 2018; Christina Schmidt, 2017
- Carsten Pran & Kamryn Washington, 2022
- Lawton Ives & Jake Sheridan, 2021
- Peter Andringa & Cara Price, 2020
- Kyra Extervich-Rubin & Trey Walk, 2019; Brady Gilliam & Amy Kramer, 2018; Anna Mukamal & Andrew Tan-Delli Cicchi, 2017; Rachel Anderson, 2016; Minhazul Islam, 2015; John Guzek, 2014; Jessica Broadus & Tori Wilmarth, 2013; Hilary Henry & Amir Malek, 2012; Ken Lee, 2011; Kristin Hill & David Sneed, 2009
- Sophia Ramirez, 2022
- Katherine Gan, 2021
- Ralph Lawton, 2020
This is brand new and we have few details. There may be one position working with the HR department at a school, one working with curriculum at a school, and one working to help prepare the high school football players for college. Let Vicki know if you're interested.
Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine reviews job description and instructions 2020
Update for 2020: Vicki is talking with the new mentor to create a job description for a grant writer 2/10/2020. This will be very different from the previous positions.
- Serenity Bennett, 2023
- Brady Hanshaw & Anshu Mohan, 2022
- Meghana Iragavarapu, 2021
- Samia Daghestani, 2020
Orleans Public Defenders reviews job description and instructions 2020 You must have permission from Vicki to apply. Let Vicki know by 12/15 that you want to apply; you will be notified by 12/16 if you have permission. A meeting with Vicki is strongly recommended. Application deadline 1/6/20. Dates will be 6/1-8/7/20.
- Watch this from Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and read this
- Jose Hernandez and Kendra Tse, 2023
- Sam Zahn, 2022
- A. G. Chancellor & Gramal Ralph, 2021; Evan Rodgers & Priya Sridhar, 2020
- Kalif Jeremiah, Ellie Rodriguez, Elle Winfield & Daya Uppal, 2019; Andre Domingues & Jackson Skeen, 2018; Hunter Baehren & David Spratte, 2017; Daniel Lim, 2016; Emelyn Erickson & Joyce Lau, 2015
- Read this from The Chronicle from Daniel Strunk (Duke '14)!
- Jia Dua & Aaron Williams, 2022
- Rahi Patel & Antonia Young, 2021
- Esosa Asemota & Dikenna Ogbu, 2020
Rachael Murtagh & Visrut Sudhakar, 2019; Ben Ayto, Lizzy Zhao, & Liv Linn, 2018; Virginia Hamilton & Jacob Olliffe, 2017; James Smith, 2016; Julian Borrey & Minali Nigam, & Loren Shealey, 2015; Deo Fagnisse, Daniel Strunk, & Kat Zhang, 2014; Tom Atwood, Antonio Jackson, & Yesi Pedro Vicente, 2013; Josh Evans, Braveen Ragununthan, & Nina Woolley, 2012; Amanda Johnson & Robyn Levine, 2011 ; Desiree Lagrappe & Winn Seay, 2010
- Sarah Zimmerman, 2023
- Tamira Daniely, Bennett David, & Ruth Fetaw, 2022
- Liza Becker, Adam Enggasser, Naraya Price, 2021
- Trenton Bricken, Rasheca Logendran, Aakash Thumaty, 2020
- Ray Pryor, Rohan Sheth, Scott Emmons, 2019; Maya Durvasala, Matthew King, Chinmay Pandit, & Chandler Phillips, 2018; Sebastian Baquerizo, Brooke Davies, & Griffin Unger, 2017; Joanna Kuang, Mehul Mehta, & Jacob Rosenberg, 2016; Dolly Adelekun & Oren Bukspan, 2015; Margaret Brown, Blake O'Connor, & Jacob Robinson, 2014; Jake Lerner, Jagir Patel, & Lexi Wallace, 2013; Matthew Clayton, Erin Convery, Kimi Goffe, & Alison Kibbe, 2012; Chris Clayman & Alexis Dennis, 2011; Joseph Long, 2010; Lily Kurland, 2009
SUMMER 2019 Logistics
Memo of Understanding Complete this with your Mentor and return to Meera Jayaraman by June 17, 2019.
- Ms. Lee Aylward and Dr. Rolando Herts at the Delta Center connected us to this house at 600 West Sunflower Rd Cleveland MS 38732. House is available 5/22-8/1/19.
- We have a rented storage unit that has furniture, household items, etc. McNeer Mini-Storage is at 111 Ronaldman Road in Cleveland; Unit 1842; entry code 9206*; combination 27-37-23.
- Cobb, J. C. (1992). The Most Southern Place on Earth: The Mississippi Delta and the Roots of Regional Identity. NY: Oxford University Press.
- Kunzru, H. (2017). The Blues Still Stand for Authenticity. The Guardian.
- Moye, J. T. (2004). Let the People Decide: Black Freedom and White Resistance Movements in Sunflower County, Mississippi, 1945-1986. Chapel Hill: UNC Press.
- Dawn Wheelahan is the homeowner (firstname.lastname@example.org) of 1614 Valmont St and is a fantastic resource for all Robertsons. House available 5/31-7/31/2019.
- There is one parking spot in the garage and plenty on the street.
- 4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms. The house is furnished, including bath and bed linens, kitchen cookware/dishware/utensils, and clothes washers and dryers.
2223 Soniat Street House available 5/26-7/27/2019. Will accommodate 5 Scholars.
- Two houses: 100 Bridge Street and 36 Vermillion Avenue, Whitesburg, KY 41858; the second is. Delta Craft will be your contact--(606) 633-5987. The houses include kitchenware and linens. Available mid-May to end of July.
Scholars who fly generally go into the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Older Scholars will have good tips about travel.
- Economic diversification and the Letcher County Culture Hub
- Planting Seeds, Harvesting Change
- No Elitist Farmers Markets Here
Mental Health Resources
These are some nontraditional options that other Scholars have found helpful. It’s not a comprehensive list, but these have helped students move in the right direction with mental health.
BetterHelp: This app matches you with a licensed counselor for a long-term or short-term counseling relationship over the Internet. You can write in messages and receive answers, and schedule a phone call or video session. $40 - $70 a week.
Talkspace: Another app that matches you with a licensed counselor to reach out to 1-2 times a day, with the ability to add a video chat. Begins at $49 a week.
7Cups*: The free version of this app connects you to caring listeners (who aren’t professionals) for emotional support. The paid version (with professionals) starts at $33/week.
What’s Up?*: This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods and gives you strategies to ground yourself and cope.
Mood Kit*: Uses a foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides users with over 200 mood improvement activities.
*= Not a professional healthcare provider.
- Branch, T. (2013). The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement. NY: Simon and Schuster.
- Ferris, W. (2013). The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists. Chapel Hill: UNC Press.
- Lewis, J. & A. Aydin. (2013). March, Book One and (2015) March, Book Two. Marietta, GA: Top Shelf Productions.
- McNally, D. (2014). On Highway 61: Music, Race, and the Evolution of Cultural Freedom. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press.
Wilson, C. R., & W. Ferris (Eds.) (1989). Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: UNC Press. TOC and chapter openings here
AID Atlanta Lauren Winston, 2014; Abby DelBianco, 2013
APPAL-Tree/Cowan Community Action Group/ Cowan Community Center/Community Agricultural and Nutritional Enterprises (CANE)/Cowan Creek Mountain Music School /Kids on the Creek Camps /Whitesburg Farmers Market/ Levitt-Amp Concert Series reviews Josie Fulton & Amanda Padden, 2022; Sierra Winters, 2021;Kameron Sedigh, 2020; Lucy Best & George Elliott, 2019; Henrik Cox & McNair Mitchener, 2018; Graham Adeson, 2017; Jamal Edwards, 2016; Lydia Thurman, 2015; Eli Hornstein, 2014
Appalshop/Sitting on Top of the World Sumeet Padwardhan, 2017; Sophia Sennett, 2016; Ben Hatt, 2015; Hunter Douglas, 2013; Emma Miller, 2012; Ryan Brown, 2011
Atlanta Childrens Shelter Brenna Cukier, 2015; Lex Janes, 2011; Daron Sharps, 2010.
Atlanta Habitat for Humanity Ryan Boone, 2013; Spencer Kuzmier, 2012; Michael Althoff & Eric Anderson, 2010
Audubon Institute Jacob Key, 2022; Matt Smith and Brandon Wacaser, 2021; Harry Elworthy & Noah Mancuso, 2019; Philip Howard & Sam Kelly, 2018; Nick Johnston, 2017; Michael Yang, 2016; Krissi Fajgenbaum, 2015
Belle Reve Annie Evans, 2021; Annie Gonzales, 2020; Forest Cummings-Taylor, 2019; Miriam Singer, 2018; Muna Yussuf, 2017; Annie Helbling, 2014; Soroush Pour, 2014; Olly Wilson, 2012; Anthony Sawyer, 2010 reviews
Bolivar Medical Center/Steven Clark, M.D. Rimel Mwamba, 2018; Kenneth Barshop, 2012; Eric Butter, 2011
Breakthrough Collaborative Atlanta Zack Tracer, 2011; Nandini Kumar, 2010
Cafe Reconcile Ian Muriuki, 2018; Chi-Chi Amanze, 2017; Evan Lumbra, 2016; Woojin Kim, 2015; Andrew Sugrue, 2011
Center for Employment Opportunities Tafadzwa Matika, 2016
City of Cleveland MS, City Planning Office Mark Botterill, 2017
Cowan Creek Community Center and Music School Shafali Jalota, 2017
Coopwood Communications Jaclyn Lee & Tierney Maray, 2017
Crescent City Farmers Market Chaya Bhat, 2019; Maire Amlicke, 2018; Elle Wilson, 2017; Tom Cole, 2016; Caroline Leland, 2015; Alik Belokopytov, 2014; Caitlin Nettleton, 2013; Austin Stanion, 2012; Liz Deane, 2011
Delta Players Sanmi Oyenuga, 2017
ENCIP Conetoe Family Life Center and Community Farm Emily Kian, Matt Schaefer, 2020
ENCIP Michael's Angels Girls Empowerment Program Michelle Nandi, 2021
ENCIP Town of Tarboro/Tarboro Development Corporation/Communications Intern new for 2019
Environmental Defense Fund Anne Burke Baldridge, AJ Hatzis , & Fedor Kossakovski, 2016
Good Work Network reviews Nate Miller, 2021; Christina Boghosian, 2020; Sreya Atluri, 2019; Andrew Brennen & Ogechi Onyeka, 2018; Kasper Kubica & Monique LaBorde, 2017; Devin Solanki, 2016; John Bowman, 2015; Wilson Orr, 2014; Joyce Yu, 2013; Caroline Fairchild, 2012; Tim Thomson, 2011
Gulf Restoration Network Eliza Harrison, 2019; Nari Ely, Moe Long, & Megan Morikawa, 2012.
Hagar's House Hannah Godefa, 2019
Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools Diandra Dwyer, 2018; Sarah Rutherford, 2015; Alpha Tessema, 2013; Jennifer Zwilling, 2012
Liberty City CDC Catalina Berenblum, 2019; Philip Moss & Matthew Waller, 2018; Robert Sewell, 2014; Harrison Hines, 2012.
Liberty's Kitchen Ben Boyd, 2018; Brent Comstock & Kassra Homaifar, 2017
Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation, Wilson Guo, 2019
PAVE Academy Dimeji Abidoye & Tom Prebble, 2016
Peacemakers Freedom Schools/Teacher reviews ENCIP Anjali Gupta & Naira Ikram, 2022; Hanna Watson, 2020
Refugee Family Services Abdul Latif & Grace Oathout, 2016; Jillian Froelick & Gift Nyikayaramba, 2015; Kelsey Woodford, 2013; Bernard Worthy, 2010; Kiley Robbins, 2009; Alex Snider, 2008
Wiljax Gallery for Southern Photography Charlotte McKay, 2017