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|Graduate Degree: Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate Degree: University of Michigan
Areas of interest: Community and Social Services Issues
Mentor: Paul Scapicchio, Mintz Levin Strategies
Agency: Boston's Circle of Promise Initiative
Supervisors: Judith Kurland, Chief of Programs and Partnerships, Marie St. Fleur, Chief of Advocacy and Strategic Investment, and Eliza Greenberg, Commissioner for Elderly Affairs
Project Description: Jeremy Levine will be working with the City of Boston's Circle of Promise Initiative. Jeremy spent his summer working in the Office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino on Boston’s new place-based education initiative, the Circle of Promise. The geographic area of the Circle encompasses Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, North Dorchester, and parts of the South End. The City intends to leverage local resources in conjunction with school reforms, and Jeremy created a database of local community-based organizations in these neighborhoods. Specifically, Jeremy analyzed the networks of inter-organizational partnerships, and assessed the distribution of local resources within the Circle. His research pointed to a number of geographic and service gaps to be filled by the City as they move forward with the initiative. He says that he had a tremendously informative summer as a Rappaport Fellow. His placement in Boston City Hall afforded him introductions to a number of department heads and influential policymakers. He shared office space with 7 other Rappaport and Boston Urban Mechanics Fellows, and the camaraderie alone made the experience worthwhile. Throughout the summer, he felt genuinely integrated into the policymaking process—including all the necessary bumps and hiccups along the way. He learned more about government—and the city of Boston—than he ever could have hoped for.