The National Committee for the New River (NCNR) announces two “new” additions to the non-profit’s team. Jasmene Braden and Melissa Cates have joined the organization this summer as interns.
Hailing from Sherrills Ford, NC in Catawba County, Braden is a rising senior at Winston-Salem State University where she is pursuing a degree in Mass Communications. Braden is returning to NCNR having interned with the organization in the summer of 2009. Cates, a Durham native, is also a rising senior at Winston-Salem State and is majoring in Biology.
During the internship at NCNR Braden and Cates will be handling media relations projects, including writing press releases and managing online reporting and events for the New River Expedition which begins on July 24 this year. Cates will also work with NCNR’s water quality monitoring program, New River Water Watchers; both interns will participate in helping to organize New River Clean Ups during their summer.
Funding for internships came through the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC). Barry L. Williams, Diversity Project Coordinator from CTNC, manages the statewide program. “We are extremely happy to have Jasmene and Melissa working at NCNR this summer. They join other students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities from across the state who are interning this summer with North Carolina land trusts from the mountains to the coast. These internships and other diversity initiatives are enabling North Carolina’s land trusts to broaden their missions by working with and learning from non-traditional partners. These efforts will make land trusts more relevant to the needs of diverse communities and our advocates a better reflection of the state we love.” CTNC received grants from the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, making the program possible.