Hi, I’m Libby! I was born and raised in Northern California and I have one semester left until I graduate with my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California Baptist University. I have a deep passion for social justice, being a voice for the marginalized, and educating myself and others about diversity. More simply put, I love people. I am an iced coffee enthusiast, a terrible skier, and a self-proclaimed goofball.
As a student, I have been able to travel to 16 countries around the world, including studying for a semester in the Czech Republic and a service-learning practicum in Malawi, Africa. My international experiences have played a significant role in shaping my worldview and what I want to do with my life, and it all started with my first trip out of the US in 2017 – to Israel. It was then that I understood how small the world is and how even I, could make a difference.
This summer I have the privilege to take part in the Social Justice and Community Services internship through Yahel, and to have been placed at the Neve Yosef Community Center.
At NYCC, I will be assisting with a multitude of tasks, including creating games in English for the youth in the Clubhouse and writing about the activities that are available here and how they are impacting the community.
I am already so impressed with NYCC and the things they are doing for the Neve Yosef Community. The people here are compassionate and truly believe in the mission of cultivating an inclusive and diverse center filled with opportunities for all. Despite being a foreigner and not speaking a word of Hebrew, I have been embraced by the community and befriended by many.
In the next several weeks, I will be posting about my experience here at NYCC, and sharing about the individuals who walk through these doors every day.
I am eagerly looking forward to the rest of this summer, gaining a richer understanding about the communities that live here in Haifa and around Israel, and pouring into a society that I have gained so much from. I hope that you will follow along and enjoy the journey with me.