About

Hello! My name is Lexie Ekstrom and I'm a fourth-year Brown University student concentrating in Physics and English. I'm in the Bonner Community Fellowship Program and my community partner has been the House of Hope Youth Advocacy Team, an organization that supports youth with unstable housing.

Research Interests

Arts & Culture Community/Economic Enrichment Culture Education Environment Homelessness Housing Media & Public Relations Poverty Science Social Justice Women's Issues

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Groups

  • BrownEngage

  • Bonner Community Fellowship

  • The Swearer Center

  • House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

  • Bonner Class of 2021

  • Impacts

    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    I thought that we had a great discussion in our program development meeting about the non-profit industrial complex. I appreciated being able to hear Tory's and Sunil's thoughts on the topic and experiences that informed their insights.

    Gave 1.00 hour on 10/21/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    I prepared for the team development meeting tomorrow by reading all of the articles about the non-profit industrial complex that Tory sent out while thinking about the prompts she gave in her email. I learned a lot about a topic that I found that I had thought about before, but I was lacking in more knowledge about it.

    After reading, I started working on my main project for the rest of the year. I organized my workspace in both my project file on the youth team drive and in my personal drive to keep notes, before I began researching on how to approach creating a core competencies chart for our team.

    Gave 5.00 hours on 10/20/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    At the team meeting today, I'm really glad that we talked about our expectations and desires for our weekly meetings. Then, it was also great to continue getting to know everyone better.

    Gave 1.00 hour on 10/18/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    Before noon, I had a meeting with Tory to familiarize myself with the project that I will be working on for the rest of the semester. We also talked about our goals and what would be the best way to support me in my project.

    Later, I did my time sheet and effort log for September, watched the webinar on college students and youth from the National Alliance to End Youth Homelessness, before I dug a bit more into the National Alliance to End Youth Homelessness's website.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 10/14/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    Between the Bonner Huddle (10/6) and the Team Development meeting today, we've been able to discuss what we want out of these weekly meetings and give insight into how we may be working together even as we do individual projects throughout the rest of the semester.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 10/07/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    We had a team meeting, and I thought that it was great that we all talked about how we came to the House of Hope Youth Outreach team and our various experiences and specialties that we may rely on each other for in the future.

    Later in the day, I did more training. I finished up going through the orientation website and read some additional materials from the orientation / training folder on the drive, as well as looked into the organizations / state plans at the bottom of the individual orientation task list.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 10/04/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    I went through a couple more sections on the orientation website before I wrote up responses to Tory's emails. First, I added all the questions I had that I thought might be important to consider when making a tiny homes village safe and welcoming for youth. Then, I read through the list of projects for the fall and thought about which projects are interesting, fits my skills the best, or might not be for me considering my class schedule. I wrote up my thoughts and preferences in an email to Tory about the two projects in which I was most interested and had background experience for that might make me more successful when completing the project.

    Finally, the team meeting was a great time to review the team's thoughts about the tiny homes project and additionally discuss what we might want to do as a team in the future.

    Gave 4.00 hours on 09/27/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    At the team meeting on Monday, it was exciting to hear more about the tiny homes project. We covered a lot of details in our discussion and many of my questions got answered, but I think I'll send along in a follow-up a few more specifics that I thought about during the meeting to consider when making the tiny homes project accessible and welcoming to youth.

    Gave 1.00 hour between 09/20/2020 and 09/27/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    Between Friday and Sunday, I worked through the orientation tasks and website. I set up my time / effort as well as log sheets, filled out my contact information, and explored the team google drive, instagram, and dropbox before focusing on the orientation website. I really appreciated the orientation website because it was a refresher for some information, but I learned a lot of new information as well, especially in parts of the youth homelessness overview section and interventions section. The videos added an important human element to the facts and statistics presented in the youth homelessness overview section.

    Did job responsibility training of 5.00 between 09/19/2020 and 09/27/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center
    House of Hope Youth Outreach Program

    It was great to see everyone again for the first team meeting of the year! I got to meet new members of the team and there was a lot of updates from the spring and summer, such as the response to COVID-19, development in programs, and clients getting housed.

    Gave 1.00 hour between 09/13/2020 and 09/27/2020 with BrownEngage, Bonner Community Fellowship, The Swearer Center