Posted November 13, 2013
Leah Anderson (Mathematics/Economics) is a junior from Simsbury, CT. She became involved in service at Bowdoin when her First Year floor participated in Common Good Day, volunteering at the Portland Housing Authority.
Since then, Leah has become involved in several student-led McKeen Center groups focused on women’s issues. She mentors girls at Bath Middle School on Fridays through a group called FFLY (Fostering Female Leadership in Youth). The group meets every week to talk to the girls on various topics including future plans, body image, sex, drugs, alcohol, friendships, dating, and relationships with parents. Through FFLY, Leah also has a personal mentee with whom she corresponds with on a regular basis and helps her navigate issues with her family and friends.
Leah is also a member of VDAY at Bowdoin, which is a worldwide organization aimed at stopping violence against women. Through VDAY, she became involved in The Vagina Monologues, a play by Eve Ensler presented by Bowdoin women annually to raise awareness about sexual violence. Leah performed in the play in the spring of 2013.
During the summer of 2013, Leah received a Community Matters in Maine fellowship to work at the Portland-based, non-profit Community Financial Literacy (CFL). CFL offers free money management courses and one-on-one financial counseling to immigrants and refugees. At CFL, Leah primarily worked on curriculum development for the courses that the organization offers. She sat in on several of CFL’s courses herself and met an array of participants with unique backgrounds and challenges.
Leah continues to explore her expanded awareness of the needs of different groups in Maine and is enjoying the process of discovering how these interests match with her academic pursuits.
“Through my service experiences, I feel a stronger connection to the communities surrounding Bowdoin.”