Updated: May 31, 2019
The Institute For Childhood Preparedness welcomes Tavis Richardson as GIS Coordinator for the Caribbean. Tavis is currently a sophomore at the University of the Virgin Islands, where he learned about GIS through a hands-on course with his Professor Stevie Henry. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Business Marketing degree.
Tavis started his journey as a Senior Camp Instructor for the International Capital Management Company Summer Enrichment Program. The camp provided underprivileged children with the same opportunities that they would receive at a traditional summer camp. Tavis directed daily camp functions and created engaging recreational opportunities for children, adults, and families.
Tavis graduated from All Saints Cathedral School in June 2016. While working at Sandbar and Havana Blue Restaurants, Hurricanes Irma and Maria demolished the restaurants in September 2018. In January 2018, Tavis worked as a sales associate for Alex and Ani. He met new people every day and enhanced their experience in the Virgin Islands. In July 2018, Tavis was presented with the opportunity to become part of the Institute For Childhood Preparedness.
Tavis will be providing GIS (Geographical Information System) aid to the projects currently taking place in the Caribbean.
He will create digital maps displaying multiple child care facilities located in the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
He will then check for potential environmental hazards that may pose a threat to the facilities.
Tavis will also be working with co-workers to determine why certain child care facilities closed or are experiencing delayed reopenings after Hurricanes Irma & Maria.
Tavis summarized his interest in disaster relief work by saying:
“I’ve always had a passion for helping people. We as individuals have the power to positively impact someone’s life once we stop thinking of ourselves. My first job as Senior Camp Instructor showed me the love I have for making a change in someone’s life, especially a child’s. Working with kids every day allowed me to see how important it is to invest in their futures, physically and mentally. When I was offered the opportunity to work with the Institute For Childhood Preparedness, I had to say, ‘Yes!’”
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