Meet our new interns, Halana Dash and Tatyana Gomez!

Doryán De Angel
Jan 24, 2017

My name is Halana Dash and I am excited to spend the spring semester interning with TTF. I am in my senior year at Temple University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English and French and will be graduating in May (fingers crossed!). I’m originally from Abington and now live in Philadelphia, so TTF is the perfect organization to help introduce me to environmental efforts in my communities while learning more about the environment along the way.

I’ve always loved being outdoors, but this will be my first time working with an environmental organization. Previously, I have worked with the National Museum of American Jewish History, Philly Startup Leaders, and Indy Hall in Philadelphia and Ministry of Awesome in Christchurch, New Zealand. I’m sure my experiences with these organizations will all overlap! I’m also a tour guide and tutor on campus and work at Paper Source in Center City.
In my free time, I like to make homemade cards, go hiking, and read. I also make a pretty mean carrot cake. I’ll be helping with the Maple Sugaring Festival this year, so hopefully I’ll pick up some new recipes there too.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing after graduation yet, but I’m hoping to either work abroad as an English teacher or work with nonprofits in the U.S. while I try to figure it out. TTF will be unlike anything else I’ve done, so I look forward to a new challenge and getting to know the Philadelphia environmental community!

My name is Tatyana Gomez and I am a senior at Sankofa Freedom Academy Charter School. I am very happy to begin interning at TTF for the next six weeks. This is a great organization that works with communities to make a great change in the way we live. Their mission is to improve the health of the Tookany/ Tacony- Frankford Creek and watershed. This will be a great experience for me to get out and help the community while exposing me to a different part of the environment.

I like to help out my community through volunteering any chance I get. Some of the things that I’ve done to make a difference include going out to different areas in the city and picking up trash from the ground and putting trash cans around those areas. I have also helped transform vacant lots into gardens so that elementary kids can have somewhere nice to go or something nice to see across the street from their schools. Recently, I wrote a letter to Governor Tom Wolf about the issues in the city and the areas that schools and parks are in.

As my responsibilities as a senior, I am required to complete six weeks at an internship site in order to graduate and further my education. As a freshman at college, I plan on studying psychology and business management. I am so pleased that TTF has approved of me to work with them for this short period and I will do my best to give back to the environment and community and bring people together to create a better tomorrow!

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