We are excited to introduce our Spring Interns! They will be helping us with a diverse range of projects, and we are excited to start working with them. Learn more about their experience below.
Main Street Clean Sweep
Kyle is an intern with Bluegrass Greensource and the project coordinator for the Main Street Clean Sweep 2020. Kyle is originally from Brookville, Ohio, and has been in Lexington since 2014. He is a senior and getting his undergrad degree in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky. Kyle has always had a passion for the environment and he is excited to be able to put that passion into action on such a large scale. In his free time, Kyle enjoys spending time outside with his dogs and his husband.
Research & Grant Writing
Karina joined Bluegrass Greensource in 2020 as an intern. She is currently taking classes at the University of Kentucky and is an International Studies major. She is from Nicholasville, Kentucky, and has lived there her entire life. Karina has always had a passion for nonprofit work and sustainability. She enjoys spending time with her dog and spends her free time listening to music with friends. She hopes to work internationally and do volunteer work with nonprofit organizations. Her responsibilities at BGGS involve research and grant writing.
Stakeholder Behavior Analyst
Dating back over a decade, Niah’s relationship with Bluegrass Greensource began when the organization still operated as Bluegrass PRIDE. Every year from 2007-2012, Niah designed and painted a rain barrel for the annual spring auction, for which her owl design, “Give a Hoot!”, received the 2010 Earth Artist Award. Upon transitioning from community artist into single parenthood, Niah’s new child-centered world unearthed a path in academics, taking her to WKU, where she earned an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Continuing her college education in Family and Consumer Sciences, Niah began teaching art and music to preschoolers in 2016, while co-authoring and illustrating two children’s books with her WKU professor, Dr. Darbi Haynes-Lawrence, on behalf of the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. Now, having once again reunited with BGGS, Niah is eager to mesh her creative and academic backgrounds, while working to build meaningful relationships within the nonprofit sector, and reconnect with her community. Free time for Niah is mostly spent with her son, building or recovering lost Lego bricks, getting beat at Clue, and making toys from scratch (sometimes trash).