Archive for June 20th, 2011
It’s that time again! Summer is here and with the new season, we welcome two new interns to the Alliance staff.
Hello! My name is Rricha Mathur and I am one of the Youth Policy Interns for the summer here at the Alliance. I am originally from California and completed by Bachelors degree at the University of California-Davis in International Relations. Currently, I am a rising second year law student at the University of Pittsburgh. I am interested in employment and discrimination law and hope to work for a progressive organization or government agency, here in Washington D.C., when I graduate.
This summer I will be analyzing legislation related to youth homelessness. I am very excited to be working on this issue at the national level. Throughout most of my undergraduate years, I worked at the grassroots level with an organization at UC Davis called Help and Education Leading to the Prevention of Poverty (H.E.L.P) where I helped put on community meals for the underprivileged members of the community, mentored and tutored children in the foster care program and organized fundraising events to fund the organization’s programs. Seeing the daily struggles of the homeless population in my community inspired me to pursue a career in public interest. For the Alliance, I will be writing briefs, compiling information on youth homeless counts, attending hearings and coordinating meetings at the Hill, as well as helping with the Conference in July. I believe working here is an excellent way for me to learn about how the government and other organizations and agencies are working together to combat this problem.
I am thrilled to be in Washington D.C. for the summer. I really enjoy visiting the Smithsonian museums, walking around the monuments and attending concerts and events throughout the city. I absolutely love being surrounded by politics and like minded people who are interested in serving the nation. In my free time I enjoy cooking, biking, reading, working on craft projects and visiting historical sites.
I am a native of the metropolitan Baltimore area, the son of two NYC-born hippies who made me the queer, feminist activist that I am today. Last summer I interned at the Upper Manhattan Career Development center and volunteered at the Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT Youth, experiences that instilled in me the desire to fight to end poverty and homelessness, specifically for youth populations. Coupled with my interest in federal policy and advocacy, this led me to the Alliance, where I am focusing on LGBT youth policy.
Fun fact: I also once had coffee with Blake Lively!