Posted September 19, 2013
A native of Lexington, MA, Juliet Eyraud '16 (Computer Science and Sociology), was sure that she wanted to get involved in the McKeen Center Programs. In the fall of her first year, she joined the Common Good Grant Committee, which allowed her to take a closer look at the financial side of nonprofits, as well as get to know organizations in the Greater Brunswick area.
Having spent a gap year teaching English to children and adults in Peru and Thailand, Juliet hoped to connect with the immigrant and refugee population in Maine. At Portland Adult Education, Juliet was trained as a Citizenship Test Tutor and later became a classroom assistant in an English Class.
Volunteering at PAE prompted Juliet to participate in a McKeen Center Alternative Winter Break in 2013. During her trip, she shadowed ELL students at Lyman Moore Middle School and led activities that dealt with identity and future goals. She was also able to revisit Portland Adult Education and explore the work of Community Financial Literacy and Portland Housing Authority.
During the spring semester of her freshman year, Juliet began working as an English tutor for two Cambodian students from the Harpswell Foundation. Eager to learn more about the Harpswell Foundation and Cambodia, she thrilled when given the opportunity to spend the summer in Phnom Penh through the Harpswell Foundation Leadership Residency Fellowship. She taught English and news discussion classes and co-produced a Cultural Show their Women Leadership Center, which included an english play, Bollywood dance, tap dance, a fashion show and various vocal acts.
While in Cambodia, Juliet also volunteered at Children for Change Cambodia, a small NGO in Phnom Penh that serves children whose families are involved in the sex and drug industry. She taught English, Dance, and Healthy Relationship workshops. Juliet recruited several Harpswell Foundaiton students to speak and volunteer at CCC in an effort them leadership experience and the CCC students positive female role models. At the end of the summer, Juliet signed on as a member of the CCC Governance Board, allowing her to continue supporting the Center through fundraising and community outreach.
As a sophomore, Juliet has joined the McKeen Center as the McKeen Fellow for Service News, Bowdoin's weekly email newsletter of community service and public engagement opportunities. She is an active member of the Bowdoin Volunteer Corps student-led service group that travels to Portland Adult Education. Over the 2014 winter break, she will lead the Immigrant and Refugee Education Alternative Winter Break trip and revisit the organizations she connected with her freshman year.
To sign up for Service News, contact Nhi Nguyen, Assistant Director at the McKeen Center.
“Rather than a series of isolated experiences, I see service as a mindset, or a lifestyle, that is intertwined with other elements of one's life.”