I am originally from New York, where I received a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Art, an English teaching certification, and training in improvisational comedy. Since moving to Berlin in 2009, I have been teaching English to adults and children, translating texts from German to English, making artwork, and providing art workshops for children. In 2015 I helped found the group Schön, dass Ihr da seid!, which puts on annual welcome festivals on Tempelhofer Feld, and shortly after became a volunteer and coordinator for the group Kunst hilft!, which offers weekly artistic workshops with a therapeutic orientation to children in refugee shelters.
"The project management training provided me with an overview of different ways to organize the structure of group, particularly pertaining to how a leader can interact with other volunteers. This exploration led me to consider how much work I was taking on myself, rather than delegating to, empowering and trusting others to make meaningful contributions to a group, while lightening my workload at the same time."
"The training for women working with female refugees equipped me with practical tips to keep a check on and maintain my own emotional health while working within difficult situations and circumstances. This is an element that I feel is often overlooked in this movement, so I was pleasantly surprised to have the opportunity to spend time meditating on and practicing self-care."
"The leadership workshop was especially beneficial for me and, by extension, the initiatives I am a member of. We were even able to use one of my personal projects as an example to work with during the session, so I was able to easily translate some of the practical skills we learned to my work. We took a fresh perspective on ways of dividing tasks among a group of volunteers within a very flat and interconnected organization, which can often be very challenging. When, shortly after the training, I was tasked with creating a comprehensive schedule for a large event, I was able to call on this new knowledge to make smart decisions with regards to planning, preparation, and allocation of tasks."
"I have recommended Migration Ambassadors trainings to the other members of my organizations. I would love for them to not only be able to benefit from the skills one can take from the trainings themselves, but also to enjoy the platform Migration Ambassadors provides for networking and connection among the hundreds of groups currently working hard to support Berlin’s newcomers (who are often unfortunately unaware of one another)."