Seven years ago, as a sophmore at Somerville High School, Kathleen Portillo joined LIPS -- the Liaison Interprters Program of Somerville. Fall 2008 was the beginnning of the first full year of the interpreter training and leadership program at The Welcome Project. Since then, LIPS has engaged more than 75 bilingual high school students in learning interpretation skill sand practicing them in the community.
Fast forward to today. As the 2014-15 LIPS students prepare to start the program, Kathleen is beginning a masters program at Columbia University, after graduating from Union College with a bachelors degree in sociology in May. Recently, she chatted with The Welcome Project and discussed the impact of LIPS and The Welcome Project on her development.