Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Behind the scenes of Welcome Baby

There are so many people that help Welcome Baby to be a successful program. Our wonderful volunteers are a huge force that keep us running and we're so grateful for their willingness to contribute their time and knowledge.  However, another aspect of Welcome Baby is our wonderful Interns!  This semester we have interns from BYU, UVU, and Weber State.  These girls are high energy, excited about child development, and so much fun!  They truly are the hands (and smiles) that make the program run.  We thought we'd introduce each one of them to help you become a little bit more familiar with their fun personalities and perhaps the people you email and call.


Hey! I am Erika McIntyre,  I grew up moving a lot, but claim Tokyo as home, since there is where I was the longest. My mother is Japanese and father grew up in California. I'd like to say I get the best of both worlds. Some of my hobbies include: working with children, photography, music, basketball and EATING. I'm very good at eating. I'm always willing to try new foods, and learn about new cultures. I am majoring in Human Development at BYU, and graduate in December (2011). I decided to change to Human Development about 2 years ago because I love learning about people, more specifically children and how they develop in different domains. Ever since I can remember I always loved helping with my younger siblings, and as I got older I continued to  enjoy working with children! I worked at a preschool, summer camp for kids, a middle/high school--anywhere to work with children. I am excited to work here with Welcome Baby, and help families grow and learn! Hope to get to know you all better! Enjoy our blog!


I was born in California, and since my birth I have move approx. 23 times.  I love diversity in food, people culture, art, music etc.  I love embracing new people and new ideas cause it is through such that our world becomes a better place.  I am excited to marry the LOVE of my life in November and excited to work toward our dreams of promoting health education in small villages in Africa.  Food is my most favorite, subject, hobby, interest etc.  I am a hairstylist and my favorite conversations always start with "Where is your favorite place to eat." (If any of you have a suggestion of a good place to eat anywhere in the world, do share. I will put it on my ever cherished must try sustenance list.)  If I could travel the world, tasting all the different dishes of food, eating as much as I want, of whatever I want, and NEVER have to exercise to keep the weight off, I would die happy.  I look forward to whatever interaction I will be blessed to have with you from maybe meeting you in person, or just being able to share a blog that will hopefully in someway enrich both our lives.
I have lived in Utah all of my life, being raised mostly between Mapleton and Springville. I would consider myself a typical Utahan because I love doing anything outdoors, whether it's camping, fishing, hiking, or riding horses with my husband! The "indoor activities" I love to do are: sewing/crafting, reading, and watching any type of good movie. I have been attending UVU ever since I graduated high school in 2007 and it has been quite the journey! I am happy to say that I will be finally graduating with a Bachelor's degree in the Family Studies program at the end of the semester! YAY! After graduation, I hope to be able to spend more time with family and go on to become a Child Life Specialist through the University of Utah. As of right now, I am very excited to be expanding my skills and knowledge in working with the Welcome Baby Program at United Way! 
I am currently attending UVU and graduate in December!  It's been a long journey, but I'm so excited to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm looking forward to getting back in my hobbies after my upcoming wedding in October and graduation.  I enjoy cooking, being outside, photographing, and working on art projects.  I grew up in a household full of girls and being the oldest, I developed a love for children.  Welcome Baby has been a great opportunity for me to advocate for healthy families, help our community grow stronger, and learn more about child development!  Ultimately, I would love to work with teens who struggle with eating disorders and help promote positive body image and healthy life styles.

My name is Chantel Hill and for the past four years, I have been studying Health Science with emphasis in Community and Worksite Wellness at BYU-Idaho.  I am currently working as an intern for Help Me Grow and Welcome baby.  I enjoy studying Science and Math but also wanted to work with people.   I love to talk with friends and go on walks.  I enjoy horseback riding, cake decorating, bicycling and old movies.   I grew up in Hollister California but recently moved to Provo Utah.  In High School I was on the Swim Team and water polo team.  I miss the ocean in California but love the many biking trails, beautiful parks, and hiking areas around here.

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