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Tariana Little


Tariana Little


Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston


Rappaport Public Policy Fellow



Rappaport Public Policy Fellows spend 10 weeks each summer serving within the highest levels of state and municipal governments in the Greater Boston Area. The program includes students from graduate and professional programs at local universities.

Graduate School
Harvard School of Public Health

Undergraduate School
University of Massachusetts – Boston

Monica Tibbits-Nutt, Executive Director, 128 Business Council and Rappaport Institute Advisory Board Member

City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Jaclyn Youngblood, Program Manager

Description of Fellowship
Tariana worked with the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), the City’s civic research and design team, and the Office of Food Access to design a scalable weekend food backpack prototype for homeless youth and their families in Boston Public Schools. This initiative, implemented at the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot School and Project Hope, with the help of the Boston Red Cross Food Pantry, is an extension of the successful yearlong “Boost Bag” prototype at the Thomas A. Edison K8 School in Brighton and is inspired by Food For Free’s Cambridge Weekend Backpack Program in Cambridge, MA.