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AG Rosenblum Seeks Info from Oregonians

Oregon Attorney General seeks information on children separated from families at border ...

Community Forum: How Does Law Enforcement Interact With Vulnerable Populations?

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MRG Foundation Announces Spring 2018 Grantees

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Lawsuit seeks lawyer access to immigrants in prison

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Oregon woman accused of mistreating 3 children

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Man charged in 1986 killing of 12-year-old Tacoma girl

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Federal agency approves Idaho field burning rules

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal officials have approved Idaho's request to loosen field burning rules.Backers say the move offers more flexibility to keep smoke away from people but health advocates counter that it will lead to breathing problems for some residents.The U.S. Environmental...

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How Washington’s 'School Achievement Index' Became School Spending Index

New assessment categorizes schools not by quality of education, but level of funding officials believe they should receive ...

Black Mamas Are Dying. We Can Stop It.

Congresswoman Robin Kelly plans to improve access to culturally-competent care with the MOMMA Act ...

Hey, Elected Officials: No More Chicken Dinners...We Need Policy

Jeffrey Boney says many elected officials who visit the Black community only during the election season get a pass for doing nothing ...

Juneteenth: Freedom's Promise Still Denied

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AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

The Latest: Serbia angry VAR wasn't consulted vs Switzerland

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Trial set in long-delayed post-Katrina racial shooting case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A trial date has been set for a white man accused of shooting at three black men in what federal prosecutors said was a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.The case of Roland Bourgeois Jr. has dragged on for years. He was indicted five years after the...

Xhaka and Shaqiri score for Swiss, make Albanian symbol

KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Albania's national flag was at the center of Switzerland's 2-1 victory over Serbia on Friday at the World Cup.Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri celebrated their goals by making a nationalist symbol of their ethnic Albanian heritage.Both players put their open hands...

ENTERTAINMENT

Actress Betty Buckley wants to 'make America happy again'

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Honduran girl in symbolic photo not separated from mother

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U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Police shooting of boy spurs more protests, appeals

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Ex-New England Mafia boss 'Cadillac Frank' guilty in slaying

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Inmate charged with capital murder in Kansas deputy deaths

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UK split by Brexit divide 2 years after vote to leave EU

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Italy vows to expel far more migrants, but it won't be easy

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Rival Koreas agree to August reunions of war-split families

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By Arashi Young | The Skanner News

For being just 18 years old, Hawi Hussen has experienced a great deal of change. Hussen was born and raised in Ethiopia. In 2010, she arrived in the United States, joining the rest of her family already here.

This last summer, Hussen was chosen for the Bank of America student leader program which recognizes community-minded high school students and helps develop them into future leaders. Hussen interned with the Boys and Girls Club and attended a Washington DC Leadership Summit. Currently, she is a freshman at Oregon State University studying Biology.

Hussen is best friends with Claudia Monroy, another Bank of America student leader. (The Skanner News also profiled Monroy, read that here.) We asked Hussen about her internship, the D.C. conference and her plans for the future.

 

The Skanner News: Could you describe your work with the Boys and Girls Club?

Hawi Hussen: I mostly worked on the overall data that was submitted to the administration office of Boys and Girls club. For example, some of the things I worked on were making report cards about each club by analyzing attendance, activities, camps, etc.

 

TSN:  What did you ultimately learn from the student leader program?

HH: Through working in a non-profit organization, I have learned the difference organizations such as Boys & Girls club make in different communities. The Regence club is located in a low-income community and most of the kids that go there are from a low-income family.  It has many educational and fun activities for the kids.

One of the educational activities that resonated with me was a math class that helps kids improve their math skills. This class was developed through partnership with Rosa Parks Elementary School. Some of the children in the math class were below their grade level. This program helped kids develop their math skills, so they can do well in their classes.

 

TSN: What did you enjoy about interning with the Boys and Girls Club?

HH: What I enjoyed the most about interning at the Boys & Girls club was getting to interact with people who work at the club. During my time there I was inspired because I noticed the employees were really passionate about what they do. Their work ethic shows how much they care about the children who go to the Boys & Girls Club.

 

TSN: Why do you think this work is important?

HH: I have always dreamed of working in an organization that helps people not to profit from it but, for the sake of helping people who need it. Working at the Boys’ & Girls’ Club has given me perspectives on community involvement and how I can be a helpful citizen to my community.

While working at the Regence club, I saw many volunteers that helped with activities. Those people were giving their time to give back to their community and make the children’s day bright. Those volunteers were my motivation to give back to my community. As I establish my ground at Oregon State University, I plan on joining clubs and volunteering in the community.

 

TSN:  What did you learn from the Washington D.C. Leadership Summit?

HH: During the Washington, D.C. trip we got to interact with many speakers, authors, politicians, and humanitarians. It was a very inspiring and motivating trip for me. I learned that I can make a difference in my community and beyond. The only way to make a change is by getting involved with things that are happening in our communities.

During one of the events on the trip there were humanitarian organizations and people who spoke about what they do. It was very inspiring for me because I have always dreamed of doing what they spoke about.

 

TSN: What does the future hold for you?

HH: I am majoring in biology, with an option of being a physician’s assistant. I have always wanted to use my career to help people in need. The internship I had over the summer and the DC trip has increased my motivation to push my dream forward.

Even though I do not know what specific health care career I want to pursue, I know for sure I want to be in the health care. After gaining experience in the medical field, I want to use my career to help people who are economically disadvantaged.

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