Four Freedoms Park Conservancy 2019 Interns

We are Four Freedoms Park Conservancy's 2019 Summer Interns! Read below to learn more about us and our thoughts on FDR Four Freedoms State Park, the Four Freedoms, and more.

Jordin Jackson

Jordin Jackson

Jordin Jackson is a 17 year old boy from the Bronx. He is a rising senior at the High School of Computers and Technology. Jordin is very lively and charismatic. For fun Jordin likes to play sports, listen to music, hangout with his friends and enjoy being outside. He is planning on majoring in Animation and Graphic Design. Jordin feels that he won’t reach his full potential by sitting in a square office all day. He aspires to live a free and creative lifestyle.

Interview: Jordin

1. What do you believe should be someone’s biggest takeaway after visiting the memorial?

After visiting Four Freedoms State Park for the first time myself the best thing I took away is that a memorial doesn’t always have to be sad. Like yes it is in memory of President Roosevelt, but being that it is a memorial and a park it kind of proves that you don’t have to be sad. A memorial can be a happy place.

2. What is one of the things you love about Roosevelt Island?

Ah this is a good one. Roosevelt Island in general is just great. Our first day there during our internship we ended up getting free ice cream from the Ben & Jerry's truck because of the film crew [that is currently filming on the island]. That little demonstration just showed how much of a community the island actually is. Like we got to witness real life interactions from the elderly, the children, and the community itself.  

3. If you could ensure one of the four freedoms for the whole world which one would it be and why?

 I would ensure the freedom from fear. I believe that nobody should have any sort of  fear if they’re living somewhere that they consider their home. Your home should be a safe place so you shouldn’t be afraid of living there. 

4. If you could go back in time and meet FDR what would you ask or say to him?

I would ask him what the most difficult portion of his presidency was. Being that he was the president for troublesome times in America like the Great Depression and the beginning of WWII, which part of his presidency proved to be the most difficult for him to get through and keep his smile on?

Madina Reece

Madina Reece

Madina is a 17 year old from Brooklyn. She’s a rising senior at Brooklyn High School of the Arts, majoring in Visual Art. She loves to create realistic paintings and drawings of things she sees. One main thing that she would like to do in the near future is travel and learn about different cultures, and paint about what she has learned.

Interview: Madina

1. What do you believe should be someone’s biggest takeaway after visiting the memorial?

I believe someone’s biggest takeaway after visiting the memorial should be the feeling of peace because the memorial is surrounded by so much nature.

2. What is one of the things you love about Roosevelt island?

One thing I love about Roosevelt Island is that it doesn’t feel a part of any borough, it is its own little community. It feels like something from back in history. 

3. If you could ensure one of the four freedoms for the world which one would it be and why?

I would ensure the freedom of expression because your expression is the way to  show who you are to the world. Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves. If everyone had the same expression no one would be unique. If everyone were the same life would be boring. 

4. If you could go back in time and meet FDR what would you ask or say to him?

I would ask FDR how did he manage to rule such a huge country while having to deal with such a major illness.