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Foresight Prep staff have provided direct counsel and support for many of our alumni, and the current college students who served as their mentors during the program. Here are just a few of their stories:
Foresight Prep staff have counselled alumni on ways to achieve greater impact in their efforts to create change in their schools and communities, and helped them identify opportunities to apply what they’ve learned after returning home.
Kayla Kellar (FP ‘14), now an urban planning major at The University of Cincinnati, worked with our staff to identify potential funding sources for a solar array project for the girls’ dorm at her high school, Olney Friends School. The solar array was completed in 2017; read more about it here.
Prithvi Nagamanivel (FP ‘18), has benefitted from our guidance while inspiring his peers to form an organization focused on urban deforestation in his home region in the Bay Area.
Over a 3 year period, and with support from the Cleveland Foundation, Foresight Prep helped pair students Gina Ridenour (FP ‘15, ‘16, and ‘17), Hailey Ridenour (FP ‘16 and ‘17), Lenard Jackson (FP ‘17) and Ezra Moguel (FP ‘16) with paid internship opportunities with local organizations to occupy the remainder of their summer while not participating in Foresight Prep.
The Democracy Collaborative
Environmental Health Watch (EHW)
Vineyards of Chateau Hough
The Refugee Empowerment Agricultural Program at Refugee Response
At EHW, Gina and Hailey Ridenour helped implement community outreach for a Kresge Foundation-funded local food project. Foresight also connected Gina with the City of Cleveland’s Office of Sustainability, where she became part of the citywide committee to help plan the City’s first youth-focused sustainability summit.
RA/TA Career Counseling
We have provided career coaching to our past college student Residential/Teaching Assistants, and in some cases directly leveraged our network to help place them in meaningful and fulfilling positions.
Max Herzog, (Foresight Prep RA/TA, 2014-2016) now works for The Cleveland Water Alliance supporting intelligent water systems and next-generation water technology.
After serving for one year as Foresight Prep's full-time Program Manager, Jenny Goldsmith (RA/TA, 2014-15) now works for Regroup, a social enterprise funded by Impact Engine, a social enterprise incubator with which Jenny connected with during her time with Foresight.
Rachel Young (RA/TA, 2015) now works as a Program Support Assistant at Elevate Energy, where she provides customer support through outreach and communications for various programs that strive to make the benefits of energy efficiency accessible to low income communities.
From Alumni to staff:
2018 marked the first summer that program alumni have served as Residential/Teaching Assistants. Manuel Rodriguez and Ari Kim both participated in Foresight Prep in summer 2015, and now pursue social and environmental change at their respective institutions— Haverford College for Ari, Earlham College for Manuel.