Meet Justice Nadutey - SOSNA's Summer Intern

My name is Justice Nadutey and I recently moved to the 700 block of Reed St. I am currently pursuing degrees in Political Science, International Relations and International Development at the University of Pennsylvania. My ambition is to obtain a PhD in Community Development. I will be working this summer as an intern with the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) helping with Economic Development and Clean and Green initiatives, and more.

Why SOSNA? The answer is simple. Growing up in rural Ghana I learned at an early age the value of community. I dealt with the loss of close friends and relatives to malaria, tuberculosis, infant mortality and maternal deaths. This childhood experience has shaped my world view on inequality, social justice and the importance of ‘community’ in dealing with and finding solutions to our problems. Indeed, it is this sense of community imbued in me in my village at an earlier age that attracted me to SOSNA. At SOSNA, I find a model of civic and community engagement that blends traditional neighborliness, with visionary programs that focus on green, clean and safe neighborhoods predicated on an economic development ethos that encourages the involvement/inclusion of local creativity and small business ownership as an integral part of the community's growth.

In the summer of 2011, I worked with The Reinvestment Fund (TRF) as an economic and policy intern. In this role I brought  economic development to distressed neighborhoods in Baltimore. It is this combination of business and community engagement that makes working with SOSNA this summer an exceedingly attractive prospect. I hope to bring my experience to bear on the Economic Development and Clean and Green initiatives already in place at SOSNA. Look for me around the neighborhood either doing surveying work, helping SOSNA’s Junior Ambassadors water trees, or at various SOSNA events and meetings.