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Making a Difference in Sullivan County Communities

June 19, 2014

[FERNDALE] – Sixteen Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to assist with the care of gardens and other public projects.  From small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization, these young people are working alongside community volunteers to make a difference in their communities.

The Sullivan Renaissance Youth Development and Leadership Program is a partnership between Sullivan Renaissance and the Center for Workforce Development that provides paid work experiences for Sullivan County youth between the ages of 16 and 20.  In addition to caring for gardens and public spaces, interns participate in weekly meetings where they discuss current issues, meet with local leaders, develop their own leadership skills and explore career options.  They will also choose, plan and implement a service learning project. 

“Our goal is to give young people an experience where they can develop a sense of place and find their voice on issues that are important to them,” said Denise Frangipane, Assistant Director at Sullivan Renaissance.  “Each year we meet amazing youth from throughout Sullivan County.  We hope that their experience with this program will stay with them through the summer and beyond.”

The 2014 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:

           Hannah Bisland – Lumberland Parks and Recreation

           Celina Castellano – Woodbourne Action Committee

           Blake Costa – Liberty CDC

           Collin Frost – Phillipsport Community Center

           Brittany Fuller – Livingston Manor

           Taylor Goudreau – Mamakating/Wurtsboro Renaissance

           Samuel Hogencamp – Town of Thompson

           Jane Hyman – Swan Lake Renaissance

           Matthew Kerendian – Rock Hill Fire Dept.

           Joseph Krum – Woodridge

           Madison McCormack – Jeffersonville JEMS

           Jordan Mirch – Long Eddy Renaissance

           Ronj Padu – Narrowsburg Beautification Group

           Sabrena Smith – Neversink Renaissance

           Djani Torres – Monticello Beautification Group

           Manuel Valentin – Roscoe

 For more information call 845-295-2445 or visit

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsors include Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, Sullivan County Democrat, The River Reporter, Thompson Sanitation, and WSUL/WVOS.