Double post this week because I got to experience something really cool: Elections Day in Manchester! This is even more close to home for me because I am active in politics back home and have had the privilege of being involved in the past General Elections process. Today's elections will choose the next Mayor for … Continue reading Elections Day in Manchester!
This recent visit to the Portsmouth Housing Authority was closer to home for me. Not every city or town has a Housing Authority and am glad our host brought us all the way to Portsmouth to meet the good folks working there. The Portsmouth Housing Authority oversees the provision of public housing to lower income … Continue reading Portsmouth Housing Authority
We had the opportunity to visit the Hooksett Community Food Pantry located within the premise of the Town Office earlier this week. The Food Pantry is run by local community volunteers and supported by the Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation. We have similar programmes like this in Singapore, so I was interested to see how the Food … Continue reading Looking Out for Everyone in the Community
It has been an interesting first week in Hooksett! Our hosts have brought us to various meetings (town planning, budget, transport, etc) and it was been an eye-opening experience observing the democratic process in America's heartlands. Hooksett is a town of ~14,000 people and has it's own government in the form of a Town Administration. … Continue reading Of Governance and Democracy
After a restful weekend settling in into our lodging, the three of us (Yu Shen, Robert and myself) officially start 'work' with our hosts today. The Hooksett Town Administration has hosted a few cohorts of YSEALI Professional Fellows, so I'm confident we are in good hands. We started off observing a meeting with the … Continue reading Our Hooksett Adventure Begins!
Hello everyone! Derrick here from Singapore with my first blog post. Just a few more days before we head to DC. It's great to have connected with most of the cohort, and pleased to see that everyone's been sharing travel and packing tips with each other. Looks like we're off to a good start!