The Young Women in Bio chapter of Atlanta hosted a booth at the annual Atlanta Science Festival Exploration Expo, which is a 2 week event targeted towards exposing young children and the Atlanta community to the wonderful world of STEM. Our booth recognized the YWIB-chapter and, given that March is Women's Month, held a "DNA extraction from strawberries" hands-on activity in remembrance of Rosalind Franklin and her work identifying Eukaryota DNA structure. Volunteers, like myself, shared with children, ages 3-18, and adults fun facts about DNA while explaining and demonstrating DNA extraction from strawberries.
Made care packages comprised of food items for distribution to low-income senior citizens, mothers, and children which is managed by the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) at the Atlanta Food Bank. At the conclusion of the 3 hour shift, the Agnes Scott group, of which I was a part of, and three other groups boxed enough items to feed over 17,000 people in the Atlanta community.
Dementia is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by memory loss and declining cognitive and social abilities. The Arbor Terrace of Decatur Assisted Living Center cares for individuals diagnosed with dementia. Each of the three floors of the facility are designated the beginning, intermediate, and advanced, respectively. This categorization serves to cater the different needs of patients based on the stage at which their dementia is at. While volunteering, I engage with patients by leading physical and mental exercises as research demonstrates such activities can delay the progression of dementia. Additionally, these activities help maintain optimal physical, mental, and cognitive functioning.