Joseph McKeen
Center for the Common Good

Matthew Frongillo
Class of 2013

Posted August 16, 2012

As a first year student Matt Frongillo (History and Environmental Studies/Biology) joined Bears and Cubs, a student-led mentoring program for elementary aged children which meets on campus each weekend. Three years later, he is still mentoring the same kid, watching him grow through their regular connection.

As a sophomore, then, Matt traveled to Beards Fork, West Virginia, with an Alternative Spring Break trip focused on food justice and affordable housing. Inspired to develop a deeper understanding of social issues, he co-led a trip last spring to Atlanta, Georgia to learn about refugee resettlement issues related to education, housing and job training.

This summer, Matt combined the issues he learned about through both ASB trips through a Community Matters in Maine Summer Fellowship placement at Cultivating Communities, an organization that works closely with the Somali refugee population in Portland to assure equal access to food through community. This fellowship highlights the significance of the intersection between social and environmental issues, an understanding that Matt has gained through his courses in Environmental Studies.  Read more about Matt's fellowship.

This fall will bring Matt back into the McKeen Center one of two ASB McKeen Fellows.

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“My experience with the Alternative Spring Break program has had a huge impact on my trajectory at Bowdoin, informing my interests in social issues and ways to address them.”