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Let’s Meet Natalie Kahn, Our New Americorps VISTA

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under School's Out News

natalie-300One of the many ways SOWA supports children and youth across Washington is to advocate for children who do not have access to adequate nutrition both after school and during the summer months. Our support ranges from guidance for programs on how to get funding for snacks, to our annual Feed Your Brain grant.

We’re happy to bring on Natalie Kahn, our latest AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, whose work will be directly related to advocating for summer and afterschool meals. Let’s get to know her!

Where are you from?

I grew up in Seattle and in LaCenter, Washington, a small town in the southern part of the state. The last four years I lived in Ohio in another small town called Wooster, where I attended the College of Wooster. After graduation I moved back to Seattle and it feels great to be home.

What do you like to do in your own time?

I grew up riding horses and I do endurance riding, which is long distance racing on horseback, as well as horse backpacking and trail riding. I love the outdoors, especially the Pacific Northwest. I like to backpack, bike, swim, kayak, and so on! My mother is a ceramics teacher, so I work with clay and other art forms, like jewelry and printmaking; I also like to write poetry. I play soccer and have more recently become interested in salsa dancing.

What brought you to SOWA?

At the College of Wooster I worked closely with a local food cooperative called Local Roots. I discovered how important it is for communities to be able to access nutritious food, not only for health but for social development and engagement among community members. I became passionate about environmental and food justice during this time and decided to take a stand on these issues. When I learned about School’s Out Washington and the opportunity to work on the Afterschool and Summer Meals Expansion Program I was hooked. I now work as an AmeriCorps VISTA at SOWA.

Tell us one thing you are proud of.

I graduated from the College of Wooster this last May with a major in anthropology and a minor in environmental studies! I am proud of myself for finishing but I am also grateful for the support that I have had. I now want to support others in making education a reality.

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