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Young People Making a Difference in their Communities

June 29, 2015

[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance interns have begun work in communities throughout Sullivan County to care for gardens and other public spaces.  The 2015 interns are working alongside many volunteers to make a difference in their communities, caring for everything from small planter boxes and established gardens to park enhancements and Main Street revitalization.

The internship program is a partnership between Sullivan Renaissance and the Center for Workforce Development that provides paid work experiences for 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 leadership skills and explore career options.  They will also choose, plan and implement a service learning project. 

“We have eighteen bright, energetic, diverse young people this year.  Through this program they have an opportunity to develop a sense of place and find their voice on issues that are important to them,” said Denise Frangipane, Assistant Director at Sullivan Renaissance.  “When you see them out in the community, ask them about their work and take time to say thanks.”

The 2015 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:

·       Hannah Bisland, Lumberland Parks & Rec.

·       Gisselle Caballero, Woodridge

·       Ember Cemelli, Narrowsburg

·       Shoshana Conlon, Hurleyville

·       Nicholas Consolo, Mamakating

·       Sandro David Fernandez, Monticello

·       Collin Frost, Phillipsport

·       Mark Garigliano, Neversink Renaissance

·       Collin Gibson, Jeffersonville JEMS

·       Ceili Horton, Livingston Manor Renaissance

·       Jane Hyman, Swan Lake Renaissance

·       Victoria Kerendian, Rock Hill

·       Jiron Kevii, Callicoon Business Association

·       Jeremey Nevin-Gales, Fremont

·       Ivonne Serapio, Town of Liberty

·       Steven Whitman, Woodbourne

·       Adam Wilcox, Roscoe

·       Hans Zanger, Town of Bethel

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.