Beautify CNMI has a summer intern!
Samantha Birmingham Babauta just graduated from Hopwood Junior High School and is the Vice President of Student Action for a Viable Environment. Earlier this spring she played soccer with NMIFA's Women's League. She played for the Grand Hotel Mean Green Striking Machine, captained by Morgan Rose. Later this summer she will play for The CNMI's Greatest Coed Soccer Team EVER, Brad & Angelo's Guns & Roses!
She is learning about the exciting work of the people who coordinate Beautify CNMI! In the first week of her internship she was placed in the office of Rep. Cinta Kaipat.
Sami worked side by side with Representative Kaipat, following her to meetings, answering phones (learning telephone skills as she went), receiving official Legislature documents, running errands, and participating in and helping with the School Crisis Response Workshop by Steve Nguyen.
Sami and Angelo: These two trees are the 1000th and the 1001st trees planted by Beautify CNMI in 2006.
This week she is stuck with me, Angelo Villagomez, Executive Director of MINA. I'm teaching her about event planning, volunteer coordination, earning media, environmental issues facing the CNMI, student activism, and how to plant a Flame Tree.
I'm also teaching her really cool ways to take pictures with trees.