The instructor-fellows at Full Circles Foundation camps are responsible for teaching the girls who attend the camps about becoming strong girls to build a fair economy and healthy earth. Meet these intrepid women after the jump.
Soijett Alantra Blue is a Junior at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Pre-Med. She is of the Blackfoot Indian and African American ethnicity. She was born in Greensboro, NC, and currently resides with her family in Haw River, NC. While away at school, Soijett takes part in numerous Clubs and Organizations such as: Ladies of Excellence, The New Students Program, as well as helping out with community programs that arise. She loves writing poetry, singing, and dancing in her spare time. Others would describe her as a trusting, loyal, and outspoken friend. Soijett loves to experience other cultures, especially the food! She hopes to one day become an Emergency Room Physician or be the head doctor of her own practice.
Sasha Bouldin is from a small town called Warsaw, NC. She received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in Psychology. In the fall she will be pursuing a Master’s in Social Work from North Carolina Central University. She hopes that through this degree she will have the tools to create change in the world, even if it is small. She is always striving for a way to make a difference and impact those around her in a positive way. She is also very curious and open to learning and trying new things. In her free time she enjoys dancing, shopping, listening to music, crafts, and spending time with friends and loved ones.
Kali Hackett is 19 years old and was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. As a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kali is double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications and Women’s Studies and minoring in Social and Economic Justice. She has one older sibling and two younger siblings. Kali is also a citizen of Bermuda which is where her mother is from. When she is not busy with school, Kali enjoys reading novels, traveling, and shopping. Throughout her college experience she has found a new passion for the advancement of women throughout the world. After graduation she plans to attend New York University to obtain a master’s degree. Through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Kali has been able to mentor a young girl in the hopes of impacting her life for the better. She loves to help others and contribute to the betterment of her community.
Jessica Perez is an aspiring Tar Heel originally from Payson, Utah. When she was four she moved with her mother to be with her loud, loving Cuban family in South Florida. She moved to North Carolina when she was 12. She is thinking of pursing a psychology or international business major when she begins study at UNC-Chapel Hill next fall. When she is not in school, she works and dedicates her life to painting, enjoying the outdoors, reading, creating art and exploring new restaurants in the Raleigh area. Her passion is traveling; anywhere and everywhere and as often as possible. Jessica hopes to have a fulfilling life wherein she helps to better the environment and the lives of those in need through education and personal action.
Rebekah is originally from New York City. In May 2011, she graduated from UNC Chapel Hill where she majored in Sociology and Political Science and minored in Social and Economic Justice. She has always had a passion for human rights and social justice issues and at UNC she was able to work hands-on with members of the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities to help achieve their goals. Rebekah is now a second year graduate student in Sociology at American University in Washington, D.C. So far at American, Rebekah has had the honor to continue her social justice work when she led an alternative spring break trip to Haiti that focused on Women’s and Youth Empowerment. She is really excited to be working for FCF this summer and hopes to make a lot of new friends, and most of all, a difference! In her spare time, Rebekah loves to sing, read, and watch sports (sometimes she play sports too, but she’s not very coordinated!).
Natasha is from Raleigh, NC (born and raised). She attended UNC Charlotte where she received a BA in History and minor in Women’s Studies. She was recently accepted into Liberty University Management and Leadership program. After undergrad, she spent three terms in AmeriCorps VISTA, commonly known as the domestic Peace Corps. She served in St. Louis, MO; Pembroke, NC; and Raleigh, NC. Her main goal in life is to level the playing field for those of low-income and minority backgrounds. The welfare of the community is her top priority. Besides serving the community, she is passionate about mentoring, photography, sports, and teaching. She is working as a kickball ref, elementary tutor and working on a photography portfolio. She believes every experience is a good experience because you have the opportunity to grow and better serve others.
Joanna Elizabeth Banegas, is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Spanish and Non-Profit Organizations. Her family is from Honduras and her grandparents are Spaniard. She was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has extended family both here in Raleigh and in Honduras. She used to write a lot as a staff writer for the Technician at NCSU and loved interviewing people. For the past few years she has been very involved in advancing immigration rights and advocating for the Dream Act. She has a passion for human rights, especially for undocumented peoples and loves going out in the community and trying to make any difference she can possibly make. She loves adventures, exploring new things, creating new ideas, and searching for answers. She always finishes what she starts, whether its a book or pledging for her sorority. She hopes she can have a career in which she fights for human rights, especially in Latin American countries. She is a dreamer with a big heart and open arms and ready to conquer the world with her desire to make it a better place!
Jessica is a North Carolina native from Greenville, NC. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in Biology and Anthropology and hopes to begin graduate studies in the fall. It was during her time at university that she became involved in human rights advocacy. She has a special interest in sustainable food systems and social justice issues that affect North Carolina and our local region. Jessica began working with Full Circles Foundation in early 2011 and has been having fun ever since! She is very excited to serve the FCF team as a Program Leader for the 2012 Strong Camps over the course of this summer. Since childhood, Jessica has had a great curiosity about the world and loves visiting and experiencing different places. In her free time, she enjoys attempting to cook new dishes, going to the movies, singing very loudly in her car, and playing with her crazy dog, Penny.
Marcie hails from Madison County, Kentucky, and now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is a steering committee member at Full Circles Foundation and a student at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. She holds a B.A. in international affairs and French language & literature from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Before FCF, she was chair of SustainUS (U.S. Youth for Sustainable Development), an associate fellow at the Institute for Environmental Security, and a waitress at various delicious restaurants throughout the American south. She loves FCF, cooperatives, reading, scheming, gardening, cooking and relaxing with her spouse, Aaron, and collecting eggs from their hens.