Susan  BeatySusan was the first intern to work in Braz de Pina, a flatland favela in Rio. The project was sponsored by BRAYCE partner, IBISS, with Zinha, a Brazilian and IBISS employee, as project director. Teaching components included a visual arts class for children 6-12 years and a drumming school for adolescent boys. In addition, Susan facilitated an intensive beginner English class for 5-10 core members of the percussion troupe. The second BRAYCE intern, Mary Liz VanNes “shadowed” Susan for her last two weeks. Susan reported that this greatly helped her in managing the younger children. After returning to the United States, Susan worked in public schools in Rhode
Island for two years. She is now doing community organizing work at an immigrant rights organization in Providence.

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