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Staff Summer Picks 2019

Posted 07/15/2019

Kristal at the beach
Andria and her son
Kaitlyn goes for a ride
Kristal at the beach
Andria and her son
Kaitlyn goes for a ride
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What TV shows or movies are on our watch list

Sex and the City, Big Little Lies, and Us -Kaitlyn Bryson, Social Media Intern

Handmaids’s Tale and Big Little Lies -Amanda Bowen, Program Events Coordinator

Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story -Sue Dalelio, Chief Operating Officer

A Discovery of Witches, Stranger Things, grown-ish -Keulesia Webley-Sewell

Westworld, She’s Gotta Have It, Stranger Things -Christina Joesph, Coordinator of Site-Based Mentoring

The Mindy Project, The Office, and Toy Story 4 -Ylva Duke, Match Support Specialist

Fast and Furious 9: Hobbs and Shaw -Erin Barfield, Associate Director of Development

Favorite podcasts

Lucas Rockwood’s YogaBody. He does the whole mind/body/nutrition thing, and invites guest speakers each week to talk about every aspect of health you can think of. Lots of good info, and it gets me through my long commutes! –Aliya Ewing, Match Support Specialist

Girls Gotta Eat. I met them when they did a live show in Boston last February and have been featured on the podcast multiple times! -Kaitlyn Bryson, Social Media Intern

So many! The ones I am currently listening to are separated by my favorite genres. True Crime: True Crime Garage or Last Podcast on the Left. Politics: The Pollsters. Advice: SHE Podcast -Amanda Bowen, Program Events Coordinator

On Being, Coaching for Leaders, and Invisibilia -Sue Dalelio, Chief Operating Officer

Armchair Expert -Emma Avish, Match Support Specialist

If you are into mystery/horror listen to LORE and the No sleep podcast -Keulesia Webley-Sewell, Match Support Specialist

Call Your Girlfriend is a long-time fave! -Erin Barfield, Associate Director of Development

Our Ultimate Summer Playlist

Way It Goes, Hippo Campus

Any “throwbacks” from Fleetwood Mac

Say A Little Prayer, Aretha Franklin

Havana, Camila Cabello

Lizzo, Chloexhalle, Ari Lennox, Tank and the bangas, Jojo, Willow, SZA, Ohhyuk, Beyonce, Ella Mai, HER

Sunflower, Post Malone

I Don’t Care, Ed Sheeran

Anything Janelle Monae or Lizzo!

Truth Hurts, Lizzo

Without Me, Halsey

7 Rings, Ariana Grande

There’s Nothing Holding Me Back, Shawn Mendes

Close to Me, Ellie Goulding

Anything Maggie Rogers or Lizzo

Where We’re Headed/Where We’ve Been

Governor’s Ball in NYC -Kaitlyn Bryson, Social Media Intern

Currently planning–I have friends in Ohio, California, and Nashville -Amanda Bowen, Program Events Coordinator

In August I head to the UK – hiking in Wales, Scotland and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! -Sue Dalelio, Chief Operating Officer

Hoping to visit Coney Island in NYC -Keulesia Webley-Sewell

Provincetown and New York -Christina Joseph, Coordinator of Site-Based Mentoring

Acadia National Park and Newport, Rhode Island -Ylva Duke, Match Support Specialist

I’m taking a weekend trip to York, Maine, with my best friends! -Kristal Castro, Match Support Specialist

Camping in Maine, Funtown Splashtown USA, Story Land, Santa’s Village, Tubing down the Saco River, and York, Maine -Andria Dunn, Coordinator of Enrollment & Matching

Where You’ll Find Us in Greater Boston

Spending time at Bow Market, the new hot spot in Union Square Somerville, eating veggie chili dogs -Rebecca Booth-Fox, Coordinator of Match Support

Can’t go wrong with a picnic on the Esplanade -Kaitlyn Bryson, Social Media Intern

Hiking in the Middlesex Fells Reservation or hearing local music at Toad or the Lizard Lounge -Sue Dalelio, Chief Operating Officer

The Harvard Bookstore Warehouse -Emma Avish, Match Support Specialist

Lawn on D -Keulesia Webley-Sewell, Match Support Specialist

My absolute favorite place in Boston is the reflecting pool and fountain area next to the Christian Science Center. The Mapparium in the building is amazing too. I also really love the bike path that stretches from Mattapan along the Neponset River to the Dorchester Bay. It’s great knowing that I can hop on my bike and take a trip over to Castle Island for a day. -Christina Joseph, Coordinator of Site-Based Mentoring

Anywhere on the Charles or the ocean -Olivia Wyatt, Coordinator of High School Mentoring

Any beach in the area! Also, sitting outside Tatte with friends and an iced coffee -Ylva Duke, Match Support Specialist

Any beach on the North Shore -Erin Barfield, Associate Director of Development

Castle Island -Andria Dunn, Coordinator of Enrollment & Matching

Amory park is my favorite place in Boston! It’s basically dog park heaven! -Kristal Castro, Match Support Specialist

Our Summer Reading List

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt -Amanda Bowen, Program Events Coordinator

A biography of Catherine the Great -Sue Dalelio, Chief Operating Officer

Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin -Emma Avish, Match Support Specialist

Kindred by Octavia Butler, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah -Keulesia Webley-Sewell, Match Support Specialist

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, Sabriel by Garth Nix, Keith Haring Journals by Kieth Haring, and What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by Damon Young -Christina Joseph, Coordinator of Site-Based Mentoring

The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida -Olivia Wyatt, Coordinator of High School Mentoring

There There by Tommy Orange and The Leavers by Lisa Ko -Ylva Duke, Match Support Specialist

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris -Erin Barfield, Associate Director of Development

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis -Andria Dunn, Coordinator of Enrollment & Matching

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras -Kristal Castro, Match Support Specialist

What We’re Eating

Mango sorbet


Fresh berries from my garden

Strawberry shortcake

Fruit and ice cream

Grilled corn and Lori Anne peaches

Ice cream in a waffle cone

Corn on the cob and halo-halo (a Filipino dessert made with crushed ice, condensed milk and toppings)

Lobster rolls and ice cream

Slushes and “lobsta” rolls

Empanadas from any Latinx restaurant in JP