Lydia Robb is the 2018 Uptown Summer Urban Ecology and Social Media Intern. Lydia is currently pursuing a BFA in Studio Art at Concordia University. She brings to the internship a background in environmental activism, gardening, and community arts organizing. …


Catie Rafferty is a photography and video intern at The Sanctuary for Summer 2018. She will be documenting the 2018 Uptown Summer youth employment program.

Catie is working on her BFA in Photojournalism at Rochester Institute of Technology. …


Chris Johnstone is one of Uptown Summer 2018’s video interns. Chris studies Photography and First People’s Studies at Concordia University. He makes video art that incorporates history, satire, and non-linear forms. Chris is excited to research the history of the …


Durasia, an RPI mathematics student, is the Uptown Summer 2018 Data Justice Intern. She first discovered the Sanctuary on a class visit in Spring of 2018. Durasia has been involved in volunteering with her own community since high school and …


Cristina is an intern at the Sanctuary for Uptown Summer and Fall 2018. She is working on social media, radio, and video. She is currently going into her junior year at SUNY Albany, working toward a BA in Journalism and …


An artist and educator based in Brooklyn and Troy, New York, Ellie Irons works in a variety of media, from drawing to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Her recent work focuses on …


Mike Jurkovic’s radio experience began with Calling All Poets, a nonprofit literacy project he founded in New Paltz, NY. Among his other passions are jazz and poetry, which he combines in his written reviews for All About Jazz


Susan Brink has been involved in many facets of the Sanctuary’s work throughout the years. Through the course of her career she’s worked as a writer, media artist, and producer. She’s currently working as the Director of Development at The …


Xavier is an intern helping with the Reclaiming History radio segment and Friday night scripts. He is a sophomore theater/english double major at The Sage Colleges. Primarily, he is an actor but he’s very interested in writing and filmmaking as …


Dave. That guy just appeared one day in 2016, walked in like he belonged here, and fixed the video cameras. Next thing you know, he’s on the regular video team, as a camera man. Then–get this–he shows up at meetings, …


Traevon Vautrin is the Sanctuary’s youngest intern. Traevon has been volunteering since he was 8 years old. As of 2018, he is 11 years old and attends Knickerbacker Middle School in Lansingburgh, NY. Through his experience at the Sanctuary, Traevon …


Giselle is an intern for The Sanctuary for the Spring of 2018. She is a double major and her focuses are English and Theatre. She is currently wrapping up her last semester at Russell Sage College here in Troy. At …


Lovonia Mallory is a Friday night producer and radio host for Hudson Mohawk Magazine. Mallory is passionate about African children’s health and well-being. She founded H204 Africa Equals Life Charities Inc., a non-profit that has funded more than 42 water …


Sofia Villela joined the Sanctuary as a social media intern for the fall 2017 season. She graduated from SUNY Binghamton in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a minor in Global Studies. As an undergraduate, …


Four score and seven years ago, I remember walking by this strange out of place building next to a plot of land without a single sprout or sprig in sight. It needed a lot of work so I offered a …


Kristen is an intern at The Sanctuary For Independent Media. She is currently a graduate student in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at SUNY Albany. She has a B.A. from SUNY Oswego where she studied Cinema Studies and …


Cody Updike is an intern at The Sanctuary for the Spring of 2018. He attends SUNY Albany, majoring in Communications with a focus on digital and social media marketing. He minors in Journalism. At The Sanctuary, he works advancing social …


Jessica Onion is a student from RPI, majoring in Sustainability Studies. She started interning with the Sanctuary in the fall of 2016, and will continue until June of 2017. Some of her academic/community interests include food sovereignty and community resilience. …


Edison Su(Shengjie Su) is a intern in The Sanctuary.  He is a SUNY-ALBANY student studying Communication and Documentary study.  He is a documentary filmmaker, advertising man, phtographer.  He wants to make the world a better place.  For example, He wants …


Rashawn is a Sophomore at Green Tech High Charter School. This year he’s involved in the Summer Youth Employment Program and works at the Sanctuary for Independent Media. Rashawn is looking forward to learning and experiencing new things. So far …

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