To power the Be a Voter project for the Kansas General Election in the Fall of 2016, MainStream has hired a new crop of amazing interns, as well as our fabulous intern organizer from the summer. Meet them below, and welcome them if you see them on your street. Encouraging citizens to vote is long, hot, difficult work, but the end result is worth it.
Becky Gunn, Internship Program Manager
Though originally from the east coast, Becky has lived in KS for 17 years and this is where she and her children now call home. After spending over 25 years in the business sector, most of which was in the telecommunications industry, Becky decided to make a move to the non-profit sector where she could feel a more direct connection to doing her part to restore sanity to Kansas.
Becky is excited to be a part of MainStream's mission and have the opportunity to develop its new internship program. This Fall, she is thrilled to be working with a diverse group of interns including students, actors, and retired folks, all of whom want to do their part to get out the vote.
Look for us on Twitter and Facebook and at your front door! Thanks for your support of MainStream and all you do to stay engaged in your community. Together I know we can make a difference for Kansas!"
Trent Allen is a junior at the University of Kansas studying Political Science and Economics. He is originally from Beloit, Kansas, a small town in central Kansas. He is active in many extracurricular activities at KU including the Dole Institute Student Advisory Board; and he is also employed at the Dole Institute as an Archivist Assistant. He is very excited to be a member of the MainStream intern team because he is a firm believer in their mission to increase voter turnout. As an intern for MainStream, he is looking forward to helping his fellow Kansans voice their opinions through voting.
I became aware of MainStream Coalition about 3 months after it began and attended all monthly meetings for years, serving several terms on their board. As KSFCE Education Chair I wrote lessons on Grassroots Politics on What Do You Stand For. For many years, I served as KSBPW Legislation Chair, planning their annual visits to lobby legislators. Through those organizations and in Wyandotte County I worked on the efforts to raise the minimum wage, and was one WYCO representative on the Kansas City area "Think Big" campaign. I was a long-time resident of Prairie Village and, later, Gardner, KS. I currently live in KCMO, whose issues I care about, but my heart is still in Johnson County.
My name is Kevin McCarthy and I am a senior at KU. I enjoy watching sports, being outdoors (hiking, fishing, going for drives in the country). I am also a big TV fan (Netflix and regular TV). This internship interested me because I am passionate about civic engagement and want the best for our society. I believe voting is a civic duty that everyone should take part in and I am happy to help facilitate this through MainStream’s “Get Out the Vote” effort.
Hello my name is Romario Miguel and I currently attend the University of Kansas. I am seeking my major in Communications with a minor in Business and I intend to graduate this upcoming spring semester. I am originally from Joliet, IL but have moved here to Lawrence, KS to get my degree and have a different experience from back home. I got into MainStream because I wanted to make a difference in the community and understand Kansas politics more in depth. Looking forward to a great experience with the organization and the internship as we try to make a difference in peoples lives.