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Children and Society program for undergraduates expanding

STANFORD -- The Curriculum on Children and Society has awarded Caroline Penney Summer Fellowships to five Stanford undergraduates who will undertake public policy internships this summer with various agencies that shape and evaluate policy initiatives affecting children and youth.

First offered last year, the Caroline Penney Summer Fellowships were established by members of the Penney family in memory of their mother. Each fellowship is a $2000 award.

The Penney Fellowship program underscores the Children and Society Curriculum's commitment to encouraging undergraduates to develop an awareness of the complexity of policy issues affecting children and youth.

Katie Clancy, a junior in political science, will work in the Head Start department at the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. Concentrating on child-care programs, Clancy will conduct legislative research and analysis as well as assist in lobbying efforts. Clancy's internship sponsor is Christina Johannes, assistant director of the Curriculum on Children and Society.

American studies sophomore Liv Gorla will work at the Social Services Agency of Orange County, California. She will primarily assist with a systematic evaluation, through data analysis and qualitative assessments, of several agency-administered programs, including Family Preservation and the Abandoned Infants Assistance Project. Gorla's faculty sponsor is Sociology Professor Sandy Dornbusch.

Allyson Mizoguchi, a junior in human biology and English, will join the district office staff of California State Assemblywoman Deidre Alpert, whose legislative agenda stresses education and health issues for women and children. Mizoguchi will participate in the revision of current legislation affecting children. Her sponsor is Dee-Dee Terzian at the Haas Center for Public Service.

Astrida Seja, a junior in psychology, will help develop evaluation criteria for early childhood development programs as an intern with the Oregon Commission on Children and Families. Seja will also contribute to a report examining the activities of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program in Oregon. She is sponsored by Audrey Seymour, coordinator of the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth and Families in San Mateo.

Junior Fiona Yung, a communication major, will divide her time between the Oakland office of Children Now and the Children's Advocate Newsmagazine. At Children Now, a child advocacy organization, Yung will work toward educating the public on the problem of violence in the media and will identify reform options from the perspective of media industry policymakers.

As a journalism intern at the newsmagazine, based in Oakland at the Action Alliance for Children, Yung will compile a roundtable feature examining violence in the media. Yung's faculty sponsor is Communication Professor Donald Roberts.

Fellowship applications were judged on the strength of the proposed internship's policy orientation and on the inclusion of an integrated research component. Academic performance, relevant coursework, and extra-curriculur experience were also considered.

All fellowship recipients are working toward certification in the Curriculum om Children and Society, although involvement in the Curriculum was not a condition for selection.


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