Transitional Living Program Internship Essay

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My internship placement is a non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive range of programs to address and end intimate partner violence. During the week I split my time between two locations; the main building in downtown Boston, and at an 18-month long transitional living program for young women (ages 15-21) who are either pregnant or parenting. The transitional living program, that I will refer to as ABC, is a house that can accommodate up to 8 moms and 13 children at any given time. The majority of the young women who are currently guests of ABC have been living there for at least 6-8 months, if not longer. Only 2 of the 8 women have moved in within the last 6 months.
While acknowledging that each young lady has come to ABC
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The median household income per year was between $60,000 and $70,000, approximately $10,000 higher than the average household income in Boston . I always find it interesting to walk around a new place in the autumn, when the leaves are changing color and starting to fall; despite the fact that both the side walk and front lawns are littered with giant trees, all of the yards in Gross Point are green, absent of fallen leaves. To me, this suggests that the individuals who live in the neighborhood have the time, energy, and/or money to remove the fallen foliage.
Walking around, the area feels residential and I feel very safe. In many ways, the neighborhood is very similar to where I grew up. In the middle of the day the blocks are quiet and not highly trafficked. At 3 pm in the afternoon, they are occupied with kids carrying backpacks; roughly one quarter of the neighborhood is young people under the age of 18 and 5% is under the age of 5 . Until I saw the faces of these adolescents and teens walking home, the best indication that I had available to speculate on the racial composition of the neighborhood were the pictures and products in the window of a hair salon a few blocks away; I assumed that members of the community are predominantly African America, Caribbean, and Latino. In addition, from passing a few individuals on the streets, I also assumed that there are some Caucasians
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