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Brooke Geni

[Brooke working with Wilmarie Rosario]

As I walk around Highbridge I feel a sense of community, a community that I look forward to being a part of.   I am finally returning to my birthplace, The Bronx. Only living in the Bronx until I was seven, I still call it the place   " where I grew up". I spent my weekends as a child visiting my grandmother, attending Yankee games and at the Bronx zoo.  

After earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College, I worked in a Residential Treatment Centers as a Teachers Associate. I am now working towards a master's degree in Social Work at Fordham School of Social Services. My life experiences have taken me through different states, communities and ways of life. Throughout these experiences I have realized that life does not always work out the way you may plan it but I also realizes that there are thing you can do to change it.

As an intern, at the Highbridge Community Life Center Storefront, I look forward to meeting and addressing the people of Highbridge. It is nice to know that I am interning for a place that is committed and has the desire to help the people of the community. At the storefront my day consists of working one-on-one with the adult education students giving them the resources they may need during their education at Highbridge. My favorite part of the day is talking to the students and learning about them and their lives. I firmly believe that in order to reach out to someone who has traveled a different road, you must start by trying to understand his or her journey. Understanding falls hand in hand with acceptance.  If you can understand a person's background, goals, values, hopes and fears, then you can easily grow to accept them and their journey.
  
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