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Emerson Fellow

Amrit Mehra

13th Class, 2006-2007

Field Placement:  Hunger Task Force (Milwaukee, WI)

Amrit conducted an exploratory assessment of school breakfast programming and barriers to participation at the secondary school level in the Milwaukee Public School District.  Through various field research methods, Amrit evaluated the perceived causes for both the low breakfast participation and school meal application return rates at 11 select high schools.  Amrit also worked on school meal application outreach efforts in target schools to help them qualify for the school district’s new Universal Free Breakfast-in-the-Classroom initiative.

Hunger Free Community Report: 

An Exploratory Assessment of High School Breakfast Programs in Milwaukee Public Schools: 2006-2007 evaluates school breakfast programming in Milwaukee Public High Schools and offers recommendations for improving participation.

Policy Placement:  Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Washington, DC)

As part of the Food Assistance Policy team, Amrit promoted and distributed the Center’s new Food Stamp Program documentary, “Making America Stronger,” in order to bolster advocacy efforts around the Program.  Amrit also researched and prepared a report on state practices concerning food stamp policies.

Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience

Amrit is a 2006 graduate of the University of Chicago with a BA in Public Policy Studies.  On campus, he developed an educational program for youth designed to curb racial profiling and police brutality through the student ACLU chapter.  Amrit spent a summer in the Philippines working with the NGO PhilRights to evaluate the national agrarian reform program and the effects of trade on small food producers and farmers.  He interned at Work, Welfare and Families to work on policy advocacy efforts, and served as a policy intern for Senator Barack Obama’s 2004 political campaign.

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