Posted May 26, 2010
Jess Britt '10 first got involved with the McKeen Center on a Mid-Coast Community Immersion Pre-Orientation at the beginning of her freshmen year. For her first two years at Bowdoin, she followed a ‘mentee’ through 5th and 6th grade with Falcon Friends mentoring and then through the Mount Ararat Middle School mentoring program.
In the summer of 2009, Jess was the coordinator of Common Good Day. In her spare hours she was instrumental in starting the Word on the Street Assessment Project which aimed to assess the role of the McKeen Center on campus and student opinions of the common good. For this project she organized, facilitated and transcribed focus groups with various groups of students. Also that summer she helped update the Partners and Partnerships part of the McKeen Center website by calling more than one hundred of our community partners.
Last fall, Jess has continued work on the Word on the Street and has been compiling profiles of Common Good Award Recipients and a variety of students to be posted on the website. She also took her first community-based course, The Politics of Development, through which she helped the Maine Office of Multicultural Affairs compile data on refugee populations in Maine. Following this interest in international development, Jess participated in Alternative Spring Break: Guatemala in March of 2010. On this trip, a group of 12 Bowdoin Students went to Guatemala City to volunteer with Safe Passage, a Yarmouth-based non-profit founded by Bowdoin Alum, Hanley Denning.
“I am grateful for all of the opportunities and responsibility the McKeen Center has given me in my four years at Bowdoin. I have learned invaluable skills and gained perspective that I will use and remember long after graduation.”