Analisa Sorrells

2017 Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation Fellow

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Analisa's impact

During her time with EdNC, Analisa worked on the Reach NC Voices project researching the summer meals program in North Carolina. As a result of visiting multiple summer meals sites across the state and launching surveys, Analisa collected and analyzed valuable insights and feedback on the program. Her feedback was shared with various stakeholders in order to increase the effectiveness of this program in future years.

The highlight of Analisa's summer was visiting a rural summer meals site in Cove City, North Carolina. She was inspired by the tireless work of church leaders who hosted a highly successful summer meals site. Each day, they drove a van in a 28 mile radius to pick students up at their homes. On site, they provided numerous enrichment activities for the students to engage in after eating their no cost meal. This summer meals site filled a crucial nutrition and enrichment gap during the summer months and showed the power of federal nutrition programs.

Additionally, Analisa wrote articles highlighting summer meals success stories across the state, and researched the links between rural faith communities and early childhood development.

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Because of JKHF

"My time spent with the Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation gave me a much deeper understanding of the context of this state and of the unique social issues facing North Carolinians. It connected me to a broad range of inspiring people that taught me lessons on the importance of building trust, asking questions, and saying thank you. Perhaps most importantly, my fellowship encouraged me to consider a career in policy advocacy - something I had never considered before."



Senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying Public Policy with a minor in Media and Journalism 

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Policy Research, Data Analysis, Communications Strategies