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Meet the Intern: Chynell Freeman

The COVID-19 Community Health Project (CCHP) 3.0 is focused on statewide outreach efforts to reach those who experience the greatest social and health inequities on the importance of getting vaccinated and practicing harm reduction to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Sacramento Steps Forward has contributed by serving as trusted messengers to support state emergency response efforts by providing in-language outreach and culturally relevant education with the goal of prioritizing the public health and safety of Californians.

We met with Chynell Freeman, our Communications & Equity Advocacy Intern, to learn more about her interests and what she has learned during this internship.

Tell us about your goals and interests.

I am interested in building better and more sustainable communities. In the future, I hope to be a part of community development projects in an international location.

What have you learned in this internship?

During my time at Sacramento Steps Forward, I was able to learn so much about social media marketing and the important role it plays in raising awareness for social issues. I was able to put my skills to the test, creating content and engaging with audiences in a way that I never would have been able to otherwise.

What have you enjoyed about working on this project?

Throughout my internship, I have had the privilege of working alongside a dedicated and passionate group of individuals who are committed to making a positive impact on the Sacramento community. I have learned so much, and I am grateful for the mentorship, guidance, and support the members of this organization have provided me throughout my time here.

But beyond the professional growth, what I appreciated most about my time at Sacramento Steps Forward was the welcoming and supportive culture that the organization embodies. From the first day, I felt like I was part of the team, and that made all the difference in how I approached my work.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to intern with Sacramento Steps Forward, and for the lessons and experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

Chynell has produced and helped to disseminate equity-focused collateral for COVID-19 community outreach and education. She has previously worked at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency, managing detailed case files and processing recertification packets for Housing Choice Voucher program participants. Chynell is also preparing to graduate with a Bachelor’s in International Relations from UC Davis. We are excited to see her thrive in her future endeavors. 

Visit the CCHP page to see what she and her fellow interns have developed for the Sacramento community.