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The Millennials are Here!

 

Millenials have now surpassed Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living generation. This summer, the scales are inching in that direction at BVMI, too! Every day, our office is filled with a number of interns, including:

Rosine “Rosie” Baklayan – Since 2014, Ramapo College has been sending undergraduate social work student interns to BVMI. Rosie is one of two this summer. She’s fluent in Armenian and is now studying another language: American Sign Language (ASL). She hopes to become a social worker within the medical field and believes all clients should be treated with the utmost dignity and  respect – a perfect fit for BVMI!

 

Hanna Carrasco – Hanna comes to BVMI three days a week while she waits to be accepted to medical school. Her dream has come true – she’ll begin attending Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine this fall. She’s exceptionally talented and is up to any task; when she jokingly says she wants to be Wonder Woman when she grows up, we believe she already is!

 

Elma Chowdhury – Elma is a rising senior at Bergen County Technical High School in the Law and Justice program. She’s thinking about becoming a doctor, and loves the exposure she’s getting to medicine at BVMI. Her first job with BVMI was to organize and staff a slime station for kids at our grand opening; she’ll be here the rest of the summer, and then will be with us every Wednesday during the school year for her Senior Experience.

 

Lenika Olivry – Lenika is our second social work intern from Ramapo College. She wants to be an occupational therapist and is applying to programs now. Fun fact: she once owned two pet alligators, not exactly warm and fuzzy pets for such a warm and caring young woman!

 

Jonathan “Jon” Kase – Jon knows that good internships lead to great careers. Before BVMI, he put in time with the Meadowlands Chamber. This fall, he’ll pursue an MPA at Baruch College. Jon believes in the power of nonprofit letterhead (it’s who you know), and has found it to be a vital tool as he seeks prizes for our Gala silent auction. Help Jon out as he tries to earn the unofficial title of “#1 Intern” by calling him with your great auction prize. Contact him at jkase@bvmi.net or at (201) 342-2478.

 

Alex Kim – Alex volunteered to help with our grand opening, and is now part of our growing team of millennial interns. He’s studying international affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. In his spare time, he practices Japanese fencing. His focus on detail is a huge asset as he helps us clean up our database.

 

Han Gyul Kwon (aka “Leo”) – Leo is studying electrical engineering at Syracuse University. He’s bilingual English/Korean, and has been hard at work helping BVMI reach out to the Korean community (Did you know that the percentage of Korean Americans in Bergen County is the highest of any county in the United States?) His dream is to be a professional basketball player – he’s a slam dunk in our books, since he’s staying on well beyond his required 100 hours of community service.