Meet the interns who have worked with SSI over the years!
Summer of Service Intern for Mayor Tubbs 2019
Morelia is currently a sophomore at UC Berkeley, majoring in Political Science. Prior to entering Berkeley, she demonstrated her interest in elevating women by engaging young women in STEAM-related fields with the Microsoft Astra Steam Summit. Soon after, she organized a Downtown Stockton City Clean Up within her school to keep Stockton beautiful and green. During her first year at Berkeley, Morelia served on the advocacy team for the United Nations of Berkeley in order to create a human rights panel for the club and all the while being an active member of Hermanas Unidas, a service and leadership club for Latinx students. She has happily returned to Stockton this summer to take part in Service at City Hall for Michael Tubbs in which she hopes to give back to her own community that has given her so much before.
2019 Stockton Urban Revitalization Fellowship (SURF) Fellows
Jada Johnson is entering her fifth year at San Diego State University where she majors in Sociology and Communication and minors in Africana Studies and Cultural Proficiency. These disciplines play an active role in her values for radicalism and critical thinking. She has been heavily involved in campus organizations including Student African American Sisterhood, an organization created for the betterment and progression of womyn of the African diaspora, the Afrikan Student Union, where she served as the events coordinator, and the university’s student government where she was elected as a college representative for university council. She currently is an employee at one of SDSU’s diversity centers on campus, the Center for Intercultural Relations (CIR). As a Diversity Peer Educator, she collaborates with cultural organizations on campus with event planning and execution, sits in on meetings regarding programming and funding for the center, and plans and executes semesterly passion projects that pertain to social justice. This summer, she has reprised her role as a Student Success and Leadership Academy mentor, a program founded by community activist Tylicia Hooker and Mayor Michael Tubbs for at-risk Stockton youth. She was also a part of the 34th class of Students In Prevention. She plans to work in the public sector hopefully as a community representative for Congress in the near future. She’d absolutely love to come back to Stockton post-graduation in Spring of 2020. Her Stockton community means everything to her and she is so thankful to have an opportunity to give back to a city that has given her such a strong sense of self.
Sahila Shah will be attending University of the Pacific as a freshman, studying Business Administration, concentration in Marketing Management. In her high school, she held two presidency roles in California Scholarship Federation and Gardening Club, furthermore, Sahila withheld a position of a Vice-President in National Honors Society and Academic Decathlon. Outside of school, she actively volunteered at the American Cancer Society, Islamic Madina Center, and Stockton Scholars Program, garnering over 500 community service hours collectively. As her first internship, Sahila worked as a peer mentor for the San Joaquin Behavioral and Health Services to gain knowledge about the dangers of gateway drugs; using this valuable information, Sahila and her partner presented to a group of Stockton children expanding the information they obtained from the program. Her favorite quote to describe her passion, “I like to treat people the way I treat my flowers” portrays her selfless ambition to bring about a positive change to the stigmatized perception of Stockton, a change that will unlock the xenophobic doors for immigrants, facilitate youth-led programs to raise awareness on gun and gang violence, and open rehabilitation centers for the homeless struggling with drug addiction. Apart from her “Stockton Revival” dream, Sahila yearns to sponsor an all-women school in Behboodi, her home village in Pakistan, that will be free of cost. Experiencing and witnessing sexism, misogyny, and prejudice against Pakistani women at a very early age invigorated her to promote education and equality to the male-dominated and conservative society of Pakistan. When asked about the reasoning behind her dream of opening a school, Sahila states, “I want my sisters to be the breadwinners in a relationship, not the bread bakers.” Lastly, an interesting fact about this SURF fellow is she speaks five languages and regularly serves as a translator to help immigrant and refugee students from Southeast Asia feel welcomed.