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January 23, 2017

Internship fund honors two sorority sisters by supporting African-American women in community service

Last summer, Cayla Brown, A17, developed a network of resources to help court-involved youth—those involved within the juvenile justice system—transform their lives for the better. Brown, a senior who’s majoring in international relations with a minor in Arabic studies, was the only undergraduate student intern at the Youth Advocacy Division of the Massachusetts Public Defender Agency, which ensures that children from indigent families are represented fairly in the state court system. Most internships there go to law students or grad students in social work.

She worked with a state social worker to research intervention programs, such as ROCA, More Than Words and Artists for Humanity, to engage youth who were on probation or whose cases were closed, to keep them from becoming repeat offenders and help them become active members of their communities. Now she is getting ready to take the LSAT, so she can become a public defender like the ones who inspired her.

Read the full story on Tufts Now.